Hatcher turns down Kennesaw State

Hatcher turns down Kennesaw State

Murray State's Chris Hatcher has pulled his name out of contention for the Kennesaw State job. (AP)

Murray State’s Chris Hatcher has pulled his name out of contention for the Kennesaw State job. (AP)

[dropcap]M[/dropcap]urray State’s Chris Hatcher has turned down an offer to become head coach at Kennesaw State, according to a source.

Murray athletic director Allen Ward confirmed to WPSD-TV of Paducah, Ky. that Hatcher would remain with the Racers.

Hatcher, a native of Macon, Ga., was an All-American quarterback at Valdosta State. He later coached at the Valdosta State and Georgia Southern before Murray State.

He is 18-15 in three seasons with the Racers.

Kennesaw State athletic director Vaughn Williams told the Marietta Daily Journal on Friday that no job offers had been made.

Regardless, it appears KSU’s search will now focus on a pair of Georgia Tech assistants – Andy McCollum and Brian Bohannon.

Like Hatcher, both McCollum and Bohannon are Georgia natives, a factor Williams has said would be important in his choice to lead the fledgling Kennesaw program.

McCollum, who grew up in nearby Marietta, is currently the Yellow Jackets’ linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator. He was head coach at Middle Tennessee State from 1999-2005.

During McCollum’s tenure, the Blue Raiders transitioned from I-AA to I-A and won a Sun Belt Conference championship in 2001. However, his MTSU teams never had a record better than 5-6 after that, and he was let go during the 2005 season.

McCollum coached linebackers at NC State from 2007-09 before joining the Tech staff in 2010.

Bohannon, Georgia Tech’s quarterbacks and B-backs coach, has no head-coaching experience, but has been part of Paul Johnson’s coaching staff for the last 17 years at Georgia Southern, Navy and Georgia Tech.

He is from Griffin and played football at Georgia.

Kennesaw State’s inaugural football team is scheduled to kick off in 2015.

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