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Lucious Selmon
Lucious  Selmon

Defensive Line

Lucious Selmon, a 27-year coaching veteran in the collegiate and professional ranks, begins his first season as defensive line coach at Michigan State.

The 53-year-old Selmon came to Michigan State following eight years in the National Football League where he worked under Tom Coughlin at Jacksonville (1995-2002). During his tenure, the Jaguars won back-to-back AFC Central titles in 1998-99 and made four-straight playoff appearances from 1996-99. Selmon tutored the outside linebackers from 1995-2001 before assuming responsibility for the defensive line in 2002. Two of his pupils - outside linebacker Kevin Hardy and defensive end Tony Brackens - earned All-Pro honors.

In 2001, the Jaguars ranked among the AFC leaders in both rushing defense (sixth at 100.7 yards per game) and total defense (seventh at 316.9 ypg.).

In 1999, Jacksonville led the AFC in scoring defense, allowing just 13.6 points per game, while finishing second in rushing defense (90.3 ypg.) and third in total defense (270.9 ypg.).

In 1996, the Jaguars became the first second-year franchise in NFL history to qualify for the playoffs, posting road victories over Buffalo (30-27) and Denver (30-27) before losing at New England (20-6) in the AFC Championship Game.

Selmon spent 19 years as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Oklahoma, where he helped the Sooners to a combined record of 169-51-3 (.765) from 1976-94, including 16 Top 20 finishes, 16 bowl appearances and nine Big Eight Conference titles. In 1985, the Sooners reeled off eight-straight wins, including a 25-10 victory over Penn State in the Orange Bowl, en route to an 11-1 record and the National Championship.

At Oklahoma, Selmon worked 13 seasons under Barry Switzer (1976-88) and six more under Gary Gibbs (1989-94). He coached the Sooners' defensive line from 1976-83 before taking over duties as outside linebackers and defensive ends coach from 1984-94. Selmon helped develop four players that went on to earn All-America honors: nose guard Reggie Kinlaw (1977-78), defensive tackle Rick Bryan (1982-83), defensive end Kevin Murphy (1985) and defensive end Darrell Reed (1987).

From 1980-89, Selmon participated in the NFL's Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, working with the Denver Broncos' linebackers and defensive ends.

Selmon played two years as a defensive tackle for the Memphis Southmen (1974-75) in the World Football League before entering the coaching profession.

The Eufaula, Okla., native won three letters as a nose guard at Oklahoma where he played for both Chuck Fairbanks (1971-72) and Switzer (1973). The two-time first-team All-Big Eight Conference selection helped the Sooners to a combined record of 32-2-1 (.929) during his playing career, including back-to-back appearances in the Sugar Bowl (1971: defeated Auburn, 40-22; 1972: defeated Penn State, 14-0). In 1973, Selmon earned consensus All-America honors while being named ABC/Chevrolet national Defensive Player of the Year and Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year. He finished second in balloting for the Outland Trophy and seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy. Selmon, who also was named Big Eight Conference Athlete of the Year in 1973-74, finished his collegiate career with 255 tackles, including 31 for losses (144 yards).

Lucious is the oldest of three brothers that played at Oklahoma in the 1970s. His brothers - Dewey and Lee Roy - were named consensus All-Americans in 1975 while leading the Sooners (11-1) to the national title.

Selmon earned a bachelor's degree in special education from Oklahoma in 1974.

Married to the former Clarice Lawson, Selmon and his wife have three children: RaeShawn, Tiffanie and Lucious III.

YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: First. Joined staff on March 5, 2005, from National Football League's Jacksonville Jaguars.

PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - Defensive line, outside linebackers and defensive ends coach at Oklahoma (1976-94). NFL - Outside linebackers and defensive line coach with Jacksonville Jaguars (1995-2002).

EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in special education from Oklahoma in 1974.

PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Three-year letterman as a nose guard at Oklahoma (1971-73).

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player - 1971 Sugar Bowl, 1972 Sugar Bowl. Coach - 1976 Orange Bowl, 1976 Fiesta Bowl, 1978 Orange Bowl, 1979 Orange Bowl, 1980 Orange Bowl, 1981 Orange Bowl, 1981 Sun Bowl, 1983 Fiesta Bowl, 1985 Orange Bowl, 1986 Orange Bowl, 1987 Orange Bowl, 1988 Orange Bowl, 1989 Florida Citrus Bowl, 1991 Gator Bowl, 1993 John Hancock Bowl, 1994 Copper Bowl, 1996 NFL Playoffs, 1997 NFL Playoffs, 1998 NFL Playoffs, 1999 NFL Playoffs.

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