Mississippi State

MSU football coach Dan Mullen officially announce coaching changes

Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has announced the hiring of assistant coaches Peter Sirmon and Terrell Buckley, while promoting longtime defensive line coach David Turner to assistant head coach.

Sirmon, the former associate head coach, recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach at Southern Cal, will serve as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Buckley, a 14-year NFL veteran, Super Bowl champion and former assistant coach at Louisville, will coach secondary and serve as recruiting coordinator. The Gautier native is a former Pascagoula High standout

Turner, who enters his seventh season with the Bulldogs, will continue to be in charge of the defensive line while serving his new role of assistant head coach.

"We are excited about the dynamic additions to our staff and are grateful for what David has helped us accomplish," Mullen said. "They are tremendous recruiters, teachers and leaders who will continue to raise the level of expectations of our program. They will develop our players both on and off the field, preparing them for life and do it in a way our Bulldog fans can be proud of."

MSU will hire an assistant coach following the departure of Deshea Townsend to the NFL's Tennessee Titans.

"We thank Deshea for his three years of service at Mississippi State and wish him all the best as he pursues his dream of coaching in the NFL," Mullen said. "We have begun a search for an assistant coach who is the right fit for our program."

Sirmon and Buckley have a combined 21 years of NFL playing experience, 12 playoff appearances and one Super Bowl ring.

"It's time to bring Terrell back to his home state of Mississippi," Mullen said. "Terrell is very passionate about this state from his childhood in Gautier and Pascagoula to recruiting as an assistant coach the past several years. He understands what it means to be a Mississippian. He brings an impressive resume to Mississippi State - both as a coach and as a former NFL and All-American cornerback."

Added Buckley: "It's special to be back in Mississippi and be a Mississippi State Bulldog. The opportunity to come back and work at a place where you were born and raised doesn't come true for a lot of folks. I am blessed that it has for me. I'm excited to get to work with Coach Mullen, our staff and our players here."