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College football: NEO promotes former OSU safety Zach Crissup to head coach

MIAMI, Oklahoma — Another former Oklahoma State football player will lead Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College’s football team.

Former Cowboys safety Zach Crissup was promoted to head coach on Thursday, the college announced.

"I have confidence that Zach will be able to be the type of leader we need to carry on the rich and storied Golden Norsemen tradition," NEO athletic director Joe Renfro said in a release. "Coach Crissup has the integrity to be a successful leader and I am thrilled to see what the future of NEO football holds."

Crissup replaces Zach Allen, a former OSU walk-on and starting longsnapper. Allen was recently named an assistant coach at Division II Northeastern State.

Crissup was named interim coach. He joined NEO in 2010 as a linebackers and strength/conditioning coach. He then had stints at Fairmont State and Missouri Southern State before returning under Allen as the defensive coordinator.

In the past two seasons, NEO had the No. 1-ranked passing defense in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.

A Helena native, Crissup played safety at OSU, graduating in 2008.

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Former OSU safety Zach Crissup was named NEO's head coach on Thursday. [OSU Athletics]

Former OSU safety Zach Crissup was named NEO's head coach on Thursday. [OSU Athletics]

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