Cowboy coaching staff back up to full strength

Les Miles announced late this afternoon hired Middle Tennessee State defensive line coach Carey Bailey to replace Karl Dunbar who left earlier this month to join the Chicago Bears of the NFL. Bailey is coming off his first season with the Blue Raiders after coaching previously at Louisiana-Lafayette and West Virginia. Bailey played his college ball as a defensive lineman for Tennessee and was part of two SEC Conference Championship teams as a four-year letterman and a two-year starter.

Bailey will join the Oklahoma State staff next week in time for the start of spring football practice. You can hear more on Bailey tomorrow on Sportstalk with Robert Allen and Friends on AM 1020 and AM 1580. It is also available on the internet at

Below is a bio of Bailey taken from the Middle Tennessee State football media guide.

Carey Bailey, who made an immediate impact in year one, is in his second season as a member of Andy McCollum's Blue Raider staff. The energetic Bailey coaches the defensive tackles and will have recruiting responsibilities in Alabama, Memphis and the north Mississippi junior colleges. In 2003, Bailey took a defensive line that accounted for a league-low 13 sacks and guided them to 20 to rank among the best in the SBC. Defensive end Demetrios Walker collected five sacks to rank tied for fifth in the league.

Bailey came to Middle Tennessee after serving five years as an assistant at Louisiana-Lafayette. The Morgantown, West Virginia, native went to UL Lafayette in 1998 under then-head coach Nelson Stokley to coach the Cajun linebackers. With the arrival of Jerry Baldwin in 1999, Bailey stayed on board but switched his coaching duties to the defensive tackle position.

Rickey Bustle was the second UL Lafayette coach to retain Bailey, keeping him on as the defensive line coach in 2002.

Prior to joining the Ragin' Cajuns, Bailey served as the defensive line coach at VMI for three seasons. He mentored an all-conference selection in 1996 and the league's No. 4 individual sack leader in 1997.

Before his stint at VMI, Bailey was on the staff at West Virginia working with both the secondary and the strength and conditioning program. While Bailey was at West Virginia, the Mountaineers won the Big East Conference title in 1993. WVU also led the Big East in team interceptions during the 1994 campaign.

Bailey played collegiately at the University of Tennessee and was a part of two SEC championship teams as a four-year letterman from 1988 to 91. He led the team in tackles for lost yardage and in quarterback sacks during his junior year and as a senior was a part of a unit that led the SEC in total defense.

At UT, Bailey played as a 6-0, 260-pound defensive lineman and ended his career with 96 total tackles and 7.5 quarterback sacks.

Bailey earned his bachelor's degree from UT in 1992. He and his wife Angela have a daughter, Evann.

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