Geoff Collins has signed a two year deal worth a total of $1.2 million with Mississippi State. He will make $575,000 in 2014 and $625,000 in 2015.
Statement from Collins:
I am proud to be a Mississippi State Bulldog. We have a talented group coming back next season and believe it can be a special year for us. I look forward to continuing to develop our players both on and off the football field. Coming off another bowl win and with National Signing Day approaching, the direction of Mississippi State football is bright.
This raise will put Collins in the middle of the pack according to last year’s defensive coordinator pay in the SEC. It’s great news that we got him out of the basement that was his previous salary. This is also a GREAT sign that Scott Stricklin and the MSU athletic department are ready to play SEC football and compete to win.
Collins made $291,700 last season, which ranked outside the top 60 for SEC assistant coaches. His $575K in ’14 would rank in the top 15.
— Michael Bonner (@MikeBBonner) January 20, 2014
Keeping Coach Collins on staff was a crucial part of this offseason. With his three years on staff, he has been able to familiarize himself with the players he has and has established himself at MSU. If Mullen had to replace him it’s highly doubtful anyone would have been able to come in and do better. In my own estimation, our ceiling with Collins is 10-11 wins next year, without him it’s eight. Having Collins may not win us any more games next year than we would have otherwise – but I think having him on staff give us the chance for a special season. And by chance I mean the outside, 5-10% chance of winning the West the way things are shaping up for State – but without him I believe it would’ve been back to 0%.
I’m really proud of MSU for stepping up and paying Coach Collins. With eight returning starters and 19 of 22 from the 2-deep, his defense has a potential to do great things in 2014. Hail State!
— FWtCT (@mstatesports) January 20, 2014