Report: Mississippi State's top target, former Alabama assistant, turns down job
One of the top names associated with the Mississippi State opening has reportedly turned down the Bulldogs head coaching job. College football insider Brett McMurphy of Stadium is reporting that Louisiana coach Billy Napier has turned down the MSU job.
Napier, a former assistant at Alabama and Clemson, was already being mentioned for the job before Joe Moorhead’s firing became official on Friday. Louisiana hired Napier as head coach ahead of the 2018 season. He has notched a 17-10 record, going 7-7 in his first year and 10-3 in his second season. The Ragin Cajuns are set to face Miami (Ohio) in the LendingTree Bowl at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Monday.
An earlier report from FootballScoop noted that Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and Austin Peay head coach Mark Hudspeth, both former Mississippi State assistants, were also considered candidates for the open MSU position.
In two seasons, Joe Moorhead was 14-12 as Mississippi State’s head coach. The Bulldogs fell to 6-7 for the 2019 campaign with a 38-28 Music City Bowl loss to Louisville.
Louisiana’s Billy Napier, expected to be among Mississippi State’s top targets, has declined an opportunity to join the Bulldogs, source told @Stadium
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) January 3, 2020