David Turner hired as defensive line coach at Mississippi State; Georgia hires Miss. State's Wilson as DL coach

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

David Turner is returning to Mississippi State and once again will coach the defensive line.

Head coach Dan Mullen confirmed via text message this morning that Turner, who coached MSU’s defensive line from 2007-09, has been hired to coach that position again. He replaces Chris Wilson, who coached that position for three years and was not retained as defensive coordinator after this past season. Geoff Collins was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247.com first reported Turner’s hiring.

Turner was hired by Sylvester Croom in 2007 and stayed on through Mullen’s first year at the helm. He then left for a job on Joker Phillips‘ staff at Kentucky. Phillips was fired after a 2-10 season, and Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was hired.

Prior to his first stint at MSU, Turner spent one season at Alabama as defensive ends coach. He was defensive line coach at Vanderbilt from 2002-05, and before that spent one season as defensive ends coach at Minnesota. He’s held positions at several other schools, including Virginia (1997-2000, defensive tackles and linebackers), N.C. State (1995-96, defensive ends and linebackers), Kentucky (1993-94, defensive ends) and James Madison (1991-92, linebackers).

MSU is still seeking a replacement for departed cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith, who took a job at Auburn.

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Also …

Georgia hires Miss. State’s Wilson as DL coach

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson has been named the defensive line coach at Georgia.

Coach Mark Richt made the announcement Wednesday.

Georgia hired Wilson to replace longtime assistant Rodney Garner, who took a job at Auburn, his alma mater. Wilson arrived at Mississippi State in 2010 as the co-defensive coordinator and line coach, then took over as the sole coordinator the last two seasons.

The 44-year-old Wilson also has coached at Oklahoma and Colorado.