Nov 23, 2013; Little Rock, AR, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen during a timeout against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first quarter at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

2014 Football Staff Finalized

We appear to be in the clear and set to go with our 2014 football assistant coaching staff:

  • Brian Johnson (QB)
  • John Hevesy (OL, co-Offensive Coordinator)
  • Billy Gonzales (WR, co-Offensive Coordinator)
  • Greg Knox (RB, Special Teams)
  • Scott Sallach (TE)
  • David Turner (DL)
  • Geoff Collins (LB, Defensive Coordinator)
  • Deshea Townsend (CB)
  • Tony Hughes (S, Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Rick Court (Strength and Conditioning)

For weeks on end we’ve talked about much of this happening – promoting Hevesy and Gonzales, giving Collins a raise to keep his as DC and hiring a special teams coordinator. Well, we didn’t exactly hire a ST guy, but Greg Knox will assume those duties rather than leaving them to the GAs as it appears Mullen has done over the last year plus. He was a ST coach 20 years ago at Stephen F. Austin – while it’s been a while I will almost certainly say this will be an upgrade.

I’d like to commend MSU and specifically Dan Mullen for the job he did with this staff. He was basically blind-sided by Matt Balis leaving but found a solid strength coach. We lose a 5-year offensive coordinator but he takes the full responsibility of the offense. Geoff Collins is paid like he should have been from day one. He hires a solid recruiter for a QB coach like Brian Johnson. And finally, he addresses the special teams need by moving Knox to that area. I give Coach Mullen an A for the way he handled this coaching staff.

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