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With FSU rumors swirling, Miss. St. DC lands new deal

Geoff Collins AP

Florida State’s search to replace Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator has (reportedly) netted an SEC assistant a shiny new deal.

Citing an unnamed source, the imitable Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com tweeted Friday evening “that Mississippi State has put together a multi-year extension and hefty pay raise for DC Geoff Collins.”  That report came a handful of hours after CBSSports.com‘s Bruce Feldman tweeted that Collins had emerged as “a strong candidate” for the Seminoles’ vacant coordinator position.

There were no particulars revealed as far as the length of the extension or how much of a bump in pay Collins would receive, and the school has yet to confirm any type of tweaking to Collins’ existing deal.

Collins, who was also mentioned as a potential replacement for Todd Grantham at Georgia before Pruitt left FSU for that job, just completed his first season as coordinator after spending the previous two as linebackers coach.  In 2013, the Bulldogs defense finished 33rd in scoring defense (23 points per game), 18th in total defense (349.3 yards per game), 37th in rush defense (144.2 ypg) and 22nd in pass defense (205.2 ypg).  In 2012, MSU was 34th, 52nd, 67th and 45th in those categories, respectively.

With Collins apparently staying it staves off another coordinator search for head coach Dan Mullens. This past week, MSU offensive coordinator Les Koenning was announced as part of Charlie Strong‘s new Texas staff — as wide receivers coach.

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5 Responses to “With FSU rumors swirling, Miss. St. DC lands new deal”
  1. jimmy53 says: Jan 18, 2014 3:18 PM

    The thing yall seemed to miss is that Collins has NOT signed that deal yet. Supposedly, he’s waiting on whether an offer comes from Jimbo or not.

    The word from knowledgable sources in Tallahassee is that Collins can be landed if Jimbo wants to extend him the offer.

  2. chc4 says: Jan 18, 2014 6:26 PM

    Collins will stay at MSU and the FSU DC leaves for the same job at UGA . FSU, its NC withstanding, is still inferior to the SEC. There is no other explanation.

  3. sammadison says: Jan 18, 2014 6:42 PM

    @chc4. So Pruitt leaving for UGA has nothing to do with the fact that they game a 60% pay raise. Promotions are more than just a title change. Pruitt has a family like most coaches.

  4. noleitup says: Jan 18, 2014 6:59 PM

    @chc4
    Man youre still talking that SEC crap? Let it go guy. As much as you dont want to admit it FSU can beat any SEC team.

  5. becauseisaysothatswhy says: Jan 19, 2014 5:26 PM

    @chc4

    is Auburn in the SEC?

    LSU Beats Auburn, Auburn beats Alabama, FSU blows out Duke, Texas A&M just squeaks past Duke, FSU beats Auburn…and had FSU concealed their signals in the first half of the NCG it may not have been nearly as close a game as it turned out to be. Auburn wasn’t nearly as good when they didn’t have FSU’s signals prior to the ball being snapped…

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