Dan Mullen Dealing with Another Kind of Turnover at Mississippi State
Assistant football coaches seem to have this incurable wanderlust wired into their DNA.
On the whole, they’re a restless sort who sometimes seem to move from one job to another just for a change of scenery.
Consider Carl Torbush, who left after one season as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator to take the same position at Kansas. That, at best, was a sideways move for a proven, highly-respected veteran coach.
But it’s also the 10th different school he’s worked for, thus it’s not surprising.
Then on Monday, we learned that defensive line coach David Turner left to coach the same position at Kentucky. He has some history in Lexington, having coached defensive ends for the Wildcats in 1993 and 1994.
He has also worked for 10 different schools.
So staff turnover is to be expected, but it’s nonetheless a little disconcerting for Dan Mullen to lose two of his best assistants after just one year as a head coach. He talks a lot about being committed to MSU and giving the program stability, but that becomes a challenge when two coaches walk away smack dab in the middle of recruiting season.