One of Dan Mullen's assistant coaches is reportedly a candidate to take over at Mississippi State
Before Mississippi State hired Joe Moorhead, the program had a chance to name defensive coordinator Todd Grantham as Dan Mullen’s successor but did not take that opportunity.
Now it appears Mississippi State may be willing to make amends for not selecting Grantham when it had the opportunity to do so two years ago.
According to FootballScoop, Grantham is among the candidates currently being considered for the Mississippi State job. FootballScoop is also reporting Louisiana head coach Billy Napier and current Austin Peay head coach, and former Mississippi State assistant coach, Mark Hudspeth are also candidates for the role.
Grantham spent only one season in Starkville but he did a terrific job turning around one of the SEC’s worst defenses into a solid unit in one season’s time. Last offseason, Grantham nearly took the Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator position before ultimately turning it down and returning to Florida.
Following Mullen’s decision to leave Mississippi State for Florida, Grantham interviewed to take over in Starkville, but when he didn’t get the job, he followed Mullen to Gainesville.
You could argue Mississippi State made a mistake by not hiring Grantham when it had the chance but maybe this will be the program’s way of making it up to the noted defensive coach.