J.B. Grimes
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Alma Mater: Henderson [AR] State
Graduating Year: 1977
Experience: 3 Years

When head football coach Sylvester Croom hired J.B. Grimes, the MSU mentor was bringing in a college assistant coach with a long list of credits as an offensive line tutor. He has done nothing in his first four years in Starkville to alter that reputation, all the while building the Bulldog offensive front back into what became a major strength of the 2007 team.

Grimes’ offensive line moved a Bulldog rushing attack that averaged just 118 yards per game before his arrival to 158 yards and 138 yards per game, respectively, in his first two seasons with the Bulldogs. In both seasons, Jerious Norwood surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing total. State was seventh in the league in rushing in 2005, but just 7 yards per game from the league’s top four. In 2006, MSU averaged 145.7 yards per game rushing over the final three weeks (against SEC foes Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss.). Just as important, his offensive line reduced the team’s number of sacks allowed from 36 prior to his arrival to 29 a year ago, including just three sacks over the season’s final four weeks (all SEC games). This season, Grimes offensive line paved the way for a running attack to gain more than 135 yards per game and chopped the quarterback sacks allowed to just 20.

In just his first season with the Bulldog offensive linemen, State rushed for 1,744 yards, the most at the school in four years. Under his guidance, offensive tackle David Stewart was selected in the fourth round by the Tennessee Titans in the 2005 National Football League draft. State upped that rushing total to 1,908 in 2007.

Grimes, 52, came to Mississippi State from East Carolina University, where he served Pirate head coach John Thompson as assistant head coach and offensive line coach in 2003.

Under Grimes, the Pirates’ offensive line paved the way for its third straight 1,000-yard rusher. After ECU’s running game struggled early in the season, the Pirates averaged 161 yards rushing per game in the last seven contests.

A veteran of 29 years in the coaching profession, the last 27 of which have come at the collegiate level, Grimes has been associated with teams that have won five conference championships and gone to 13 post-season bowl games.

Prior to making the move to East Carolina, Grimes served as the offensive line coach under R.C. Slocum at Texas A&M for five seasons, 1998-2002. During his time in College Station, A&M posted a 40-22 overall record. Those teams ended their seasons in the 1999 Sugar Bowl as champions of the Big XII, the 99 Alamo Bowl, the 2000 Independence Bowl, and the 01 Bowl.

Immediately prior to joining the A&M staff, Grimes coached five seasons at Virginia Tech, 1993-97. As the offensive line coach for head coach Frank Beamer at Tech, he helped the Hokies to a composite 44-16 overall record. Grimes helped lead the Gobblers to season-ending berths in the 93 Independence Bowl, the 94 and 98 Gator Bowls, the 95 Sugar Bowl, and the 96 Orange Bowl. The 1995 and 96 teams won back-to-back Big East championships.

Grimes served as offensive line coach at his home-state institution, Arkansas, on two different occasions. He was with the Razorbacks from 1989-92, working under three different head coaches. He helped head coach Ken Hatfield’s final Arkansas team to a 10-2 overall record and a berth in the 90 Cotton Bowl as Southwest Conference champions. Two seasons later, he assisted Jack Crowe’s second and final UA team to an Independence Bowl invitation. He earlier had worked at Arkansas under Lou Holtz from 1981-82 as first a graduate assistant, and then the offensive line instructor. Those two teams posted a 17-6-1 record and landed in the Gator and Bluebonnet Bowls, respectively.

He served two terms as the offensive line coach at Northeast Louisiana, from 1979-80 and again from 1985-88. With Grimes as the offensive line coach, NLU won the 1987 Division I-AA national championship. He worked one-year stints at Delta (Miss.) State and Missouri in 1983 and 84, respectively. Grimes began his coaching career with two seasons on the Arkansas high school level.

A four-year letterman as an offensive guard at Henderson (Ark.) State, he helped his team to a 40-6 record during that time. Grimes helped lead his 74 Henderson State team to a berth in the NAIA championship game. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Henderson State in 1977 and received his master’s in education from Northeast Louisiana.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., John Bryan Grimes grew up in Clarendon, Ark. He is married to the former Jennifer Graves, and the couple has four children, sons Aaron and Nick, and daughters Danielle and Lindsey.

Playing Career
- Played four years (1973-76) at Henderson [AR] State
- Helped his team to a 40-6 record and a berth in the 1974 NAIA Championship Game

Coaching Career
- 1977: Nashville [AR] HS 
- 1978: Des Arc [AR] HS 
- 1979-80: Offensive Line Coach, Northeast Louisiana University 
- 1981-82: Grad. Asst./Offensive Line, University of Arkansas 
- 1983: Delta State University 
- 1984: University of Missouri 
- 1985-88: Offensive Line Coach, Northeast Louisiana University 
- 1989-92: Offensive Line Coach, University of Arkansas 
- 1993-97: Offensive Line Coach, Virginia Tech University 
- 1998-02: Offensive Line Coach, Texas A&M University 
- 2003: Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach, East Carolina University 
- 2004-present: Offensive Line Coach, Mississippi State University

Has coached 29 years, 27 of them on the collegiate level ... Associated with teams that have won five conference championships and earned 14 bowl berths ... Helped guide Northeast La. to the 1987 Division I-AA national championship ... Was on the Texas A&M staff that led the Aggies to the Big XII title and 1999 Sugar Bowl.


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