When Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt accepted the same position at Georgia on Tuesday, Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins was considered one of the leading candidates to replace Pruitt in Tallahassee.
Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com tweeted Friday afternoon that the Seminoles had yet to contact Collins. He later tweeted that “A source tells @coachingsearch that Mississippi State has put together a multi-year extension and hefty pay raise for DC Geoff Collins”
Collins completed his third season in Starkville and first as MSU’s full-time defensive coordinator. Collins shared the duties his first two years with Chris Wilson, who accepted the defensive line coaching position at USC earlier this week.
The Bulldogs finished fourth in the Southeastern Conference this past season in total defense allowing 349.3 yards and 23 points per game. State only allowed one offensive touchdown in its final two outings in 2013.
Collins has also served as defensive coordinator at Florida International, Western Carolina and Albright College.
The Bulldogs currently have one coaching vacancy to fill as offensive coordinator Les Koenning accepted the wide receiver coaching position at Texas on Tuesday.