Mississippi State’s defense will have an entirely new look in 2016.
Dan Mullen‘s defensive staff will be a complete overhaul as his final returning coach, David Turner, has accepted a position at Texas A&M. Turner’s departure was first reported by the Clarion Ledger.
Turner was recently promoted as the Bulldogs’ assistant head coach and concludes his second stint in Starkville after three seasons. He previously served as defensive line coach from 2007-09 as well.
Turner is the fourth and final defensive coach to leave Mullen’s staff since last season joining defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz, who left for the same positions at Miami, cornerbacks coach Deshea Townsend, who left for the same position with the Tennessee Titans, and safeties coach Tony Hughes, who is now the head coach at Jackson State.
MSU has already added Peter Sirmon, Terrell Buckley and Maurice Linguist as defensive replacements.
It will be the third time Mullen has had to hire a defensive line coach during his eight year tenure after Turner left for Kentucky after the 2009 season and Chris Wilson departed for Georgia following the 2012 season.
Turner has previously held positions at Davidson, N.C. State, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, James Madison, Kentucky, Virginia, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Alabama.
Turner’s title at Texas A&M is not yet known but Kevin Sumlin does have a vacancy for a defensive line coach.