By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Mark Hudspeth is headed back to the head coaching ranks.
The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, La., reported Friday that Hudspeth, Mississippi State’s receivers coach and passing game coordinator the past two seasons, will be the next head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette. A press conference at Lafayette is set for Monday.
Hudspeth was not at Friday’s practice, the first for MSU as it prepares for the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1. He was spotted by reporters in the Bryan Building earlier in the day, but a team spokesman said Hudspeth was “on the road.”
The 42-year-old Louisville native enjoyed success as North Alabama’s head coach from 2002-08, winning five Gulf South Conference titles and making five NCAA Division II playoff appearances. He had a 66-21 record in Florence.
Hudspeth’s offenses at North Alabama were among the most prolific in the country, and he helped the Bulldogs piece together a viable passing game this year despite a dearth of experience at receiver. Hudspeth replaces Rickey Bustle, who was fired Nov. 28 after nine seasons at the helm. The Ragin’ Cajuns, from the Sun Belt Conference, went 3-9 this past season.