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.