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Dickerson expected to become Gardner-Webb's head coach

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Gardner-Webb is expected to name former Mississippi wide receiver coach Ron Dickerson Jr. as its new head football coach on Wednesday. reported that Dickerson has accepted the position.

Dickerson spent the last three seasons as Ole Miss under Houston Nutt, his former head coach at Arkansas.

Dickerson, whose father, Ron Sr., was a long-time college and professional coach, including seven years as the head coach at Alabama State and Temple, also previously coached at Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri State, Alabama State and Temple, as well as an internship with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001 and as running backs and special teams coach with the XFL Las Vegas Outlaws in 2000.

Dickerson was a running back and wide receiver at Arkansas under Nutt from 1989-92. He played professionally from 1993-96 for the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL, and the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.

He received his degree from Arkansas in 1996.

Gardner-Webb did not retain head coach Steve Patton following a 4-7 season in 2010, including a tie for fourth place in the seven-team Big South Conference with a 2-4 record. Patton was 87-65 in 14 seasons with the Runnin' Bulldogs.

01/25 14:53:58 ET