By JOEL COLEMAN
Mississippi State has found its next defensive coordinator.
Multiple reports on Tuesday confirmed MSU head coach Dan Mullen has hired the University of Southern California’s Peter Sirmon to head up the Bulldogs’ defense.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the news. Mississippi State hasn’t yet officially confirmed Sirmon’s hire.
Sirmon takes over the role vacated by Manny Diaz. Diaz left the Bulldogs earlier this month to become the defensive coordinator at the University of Miami.
Sirmon just finished his second season at USC where he served as linebackers coach, recruiting coordinator and associate head coach of the defense. As recruiting coordinator for the Trojans, Sirmon helped USC bring in a a recruiting class in 2014 that was ranked among the nation’s top 10, then in 2015, reeled in the country’s top recruiting class according to several services.
It is unknown if Sirmon will assume the role of recruiting coordinator at Mississippi State as well following the departure of Tony Hughes, who left MSU to become the head coach at Jackson State in December.
Prior to his time at USC, Sirmon served as linebackers coach for Washington for two seasons. He also spent time in the Southeastern Conference as the linebackers coach for Tennessee in 2011 after serving as a graduate assistant for the Volunteers in 2010.
Sirmon was also a graduate assistant for his alma mater, Oregon, in 2009. He began his coaching career in 2008 when he led the linebackers at Central Washington.
Sirmon is a seven-year NFL veteran. Following his collegiate playing career at Oregon where he was a four-year starter at linebacker, Sirmon played for the Tennessee Titans from 2000-06.