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Utes receiver coach Chad Bumphis announces departure from program

Utah Utes WR Devaughn Vele (17) tries to get away from Penn State Nittany Lions LB Curtis Jacobs (23) as Utah and Penn State play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Penn State won 35-21.

Utah Utes WR Devaughn Vele (17) tries to get away from Penn State Nittany Lions LB Curtis Jacobs (23) as Utah and Penn State play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, on Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. Penn State won 35-21. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)


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SALT LAKE CITY β€” After two seasons as Utah's wide receiver coach, Chad Bumphis announced on Twitter on Wednesday his departure from the program.

"Ute Nation, thank you! I can't say enough great things about this city, the fans, and university!" Bumphis said. "Thank you for welcoming me back and treating me like family!"

Bumphis, who joined Utah in March 2021 and brought an enthusiasm to the position group, is expected to join his alma mater Mississippi State, according to multiple reports. Bumphis is Mississippi State's second all-time leading receiver and was a main target of the school since last season.

He'll join a coaching staff in transition following the sudden death of head coach Mike Leach.

Bumphis had previously worked at Utah as a graduate assistant in 2018 before he was hired by Austin Peay as the team's wide receiver coach. In February 2021, he was hired for the same position at Central Michigan before Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham brought him onto Utah's coaching staff a month later.

"Coach Whitt, thank you! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come join a program and see what it really takes to be a champion. Back-to-back conference championships. What you've built in SLC is really special! I'm forever grateful to say I was able to work with, and learn from some of the best coaches in America!

"Bomb squad, thank you! Being able to coach that room was everything and more than I hopes it would be. The young men in that room and program are all first class. Thank you all for welcoming me back and allowing me to go on this journey with you for the last 2 years. I love each of you and the relationships we have built and will always be!! Thank you!"

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Josh is the Sports Director for KSL.com and beat writer of University of Utah athletics β€” primarily football, men’s basketball and gymnastics. He is also an Associated Press Top 25 voter for college football.

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