Koenning returning to alma mater

It is being reported that Les Koenning will be the new wide receivers coach at Texas.

It is being reported that Les Koenning will be the new wide receivers coach at Texas.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen filled his first coaching vacancy this offseason hiring Rick Court to be his strength and conditioning coordinator on Tuesday.

But just as that position was filled the Bulldogs offensive coordinator job became open as Les Koenning accepted the wide receivers coaching position at his alma mater Texas.

Koenning had been MSU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past five seasons. During that span he guided the Bulldogs offense to three of the top five seasons statistically in school history.

In 2013, State set the school’s mark averaging 434.4 yards per game shattering the previous record of 422 set in 1982.

The past five years were Koenning’s second stint in Starkville having previously served as running backs and wide receivers coach for the Bulldogs from 1986-89.

Koenning has also served as offensive coordinator at South Alabama (2008-09), Texas A&M (2003-07), Alabama (2001-02), Houston (1999) and Duke (1998). His other coaching stops include TCU (2000), Miami Dolphins (1997), Texas A&M (1994-96), Duke (1993), Rice (1990-93) and Louisiana-Lafayette (1985).

The 54-year old native of Houston, Texas played wide receiver for the Longhorns from 1977-80 and spent time in Austin as a graduate assistant from 1981-83. Koenning received both his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas.

Koenning’s hire completes Charlie Strong’s staff at Texas. His departure leaves Mullen with just tight ends coach Scott Sallach, offensive line coach John Hevesy and safeties coach Tony Hughes as the remaining members from his initial staff.

Defensive line coach David Turner was a member of Mullen’s first staff but returned last season after a three-year stint at Kentucky.

Koenning becomes the second coordinator Mullen has lost to the Longhorns. Former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz left to take the same position at Texas following the 2010 season.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • sam

    wow, the rats are abandoning the ship. I wonder what that means. It says a lot when a coach leaves a coordinator job to take a position coaching job elsewhere.

    • bully

      yea sam means will just beat tsun again with a different coordinator

      • sam

        wow, that’s a pretty powerful team if you can beat the sun. You’d think that you’d be able to beat a decent football team if you could do that rather than barely break even by beating bad and mediocre teams.

  • Reason2Succeed

    The writing was on the wall as OC with the Bulldawgs anyway.

  • Houston Dale Nutts

    I am available. Let me know if the MSU AD needs my phone #. Giggity.

  • ashmills75

    both the strength coach and OC took jobs without getting fired. Both are areas that mullen was connected. He may have allowed them to save face. Jumping ship would be when it is going down. No reason since that is not happening. May just be a coach and AD that has character and allows and pushes people to move on.

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