Mississippi State fired Zach Arnett Monday morning, less than a year into his tenure as head coach of the Bulldogs.

The firing comes after Mississippi State’s 4-6 start to the season and a disappointing 51-10 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday. Arnett took over as interim head coach last December after Mike Leach was hospitalized and was hired as head coach shortly after Leach’s death. It was undoubtedly a tough time to take over as head coach following Leach’s death.

Arnett won just 5 total games as head coach of the Bulldogs.

While his time was head coach was short lived, Arnett was with the program for almost 4 seasons. He was hired as defensive coordinator in 2020. He might not have had major success on the field, but it’s obvious he had a special connection with his players. Following his firing on Monday, several players reacted on social media.

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Mississippi State will have to finish up the season against Southern Miss and Ole Miss with a new coach at the helm. Greg Knox will serve as the interim head coach of the Bulldogs for the final 2 games. It’s his second time serving as an interim for Mississippi State, as he was also interim head coach following Dan Mullen left the team in 2017.