By JOEL COLEMAN
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen has yet another opening on his staff. ESPN reported on Thursday that MSU cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend is leaving the Bulldogs for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans.
Townsend becomes the latest member of Mullen’s staff to depart Mississippi State in what has been an offseason of change. Last month, safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Tony Hughes left to become the head coach at Jackson State. Manny Diaz then changed defensive coordinator jobs, going from MSU to Miami.
The adjustments began in December when head strength coach Rick Court left the Bulldogs for the same position at Maryland. Nick Savage was promoted to fill that post.
Since the other departures, MSU hired Peter Sirmon from the University of Southern California to serve as defensive coordinator. The Bulldogs also added Louisville cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley. Neither of those hires have been officially confirmed by Mississippi State, but both men have already changed their information on social media accounts to reflect their hiring at MSU.
Several Bulldog recruits have also posted photos alongside Sirmon and Buckley.
Townsend spent three seasons with Mississippi State.
A former NFL cornerback primarily with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the two-time Super Bowl winner spent 13 years in the NFL and spent two years coaching with the Arizona Cardinals before coming to MSU.