By JOEL COLEMAN
It appears Mississippi State will now have two Super Bowl-winning defensive backs on the football coaching staff.
Sources confirmed on Thursday that Terrell Buckley, a 14-year NFL veteran who has college coaching experience at Florida State, Akron and most recently, Louisville, has accepted a position on MSU head coach Dan Mullen’s staff as safeties coach.
Buckley replaces Tony Hughes, who left Mississippi State last month to become the head coach at Jackson State.
Buckley is familiar with the Magnolia State having grown up and played high school football at Pascagoula. From there, Buckley went on to play in college at Florida State and was a first-round selection in the 1992 NFL Draft. In his professional career, Buckley played with the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, New York Jets and New York Giants. He helped the Patriots win Super Bowl XXXVI in February of 2002.
MSU cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend, who has been with the Bulldogs since 2013, also won a pair of Super Bowls during his professional career.
Nick Savage, Mississippi State’s assistant strength coach the last two seasons, was promoted to head strength coach for the Bulldogs on Thursday.
Savage replaces Rick Court, who is now at Maryland.
“Nick has played a vital role in the development of our players since his arrival,” Mullen said. “He understands what it takes to train at a championship level from the weight room to nutrition. He brings an infectious personality, energy and a purpose to our facility every day. Our players respect him and will continue to develop.”
Savage has experience at four different FBS programs since January of 2013. He interned at Bowling Green and Ohio State before serving as a graduate assistant at Toledo. The 26-year-old came to Starkville prior to the 2014 season.
“You live for opportunities like this and I am thrilled to continue to be a part of the special program we have here at Mississippi State,” Savage said. “We want to continue to raise the standard in everything we do. Our preparation for the 2016 season begins now. We will give relentless effort when when we step into the building.”
Robinson joins JSU staff
Former Mississippi State quarterback Sleepy Robinson, who had been a recruiting specialist at MSU since 2013, is leaving the Bulldogs.
Robinson is joining Hughes’ staff at Jackson State as running backs coach JSU confirmed on Thursday.
Conflicting reports on Orgeron
The Advocate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana reported Thursday that former Ole Miss head coach and current LSU defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was offered Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator position. However a source confirmed to the Starkville Daily News that Orgeron hasn’t interviewed for the open spot that was created when Manny Diaz left MSU last week to become the defensive coordinator at Miami.
According to The Advocate, Orgeron has potentially been offered approximately $900,000 a year to come to Mississippi State, but the report states that an MSU source refuted that number while admitting Mullen and Orgeron have discussed the job.