Mississippi State wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando has resigned for "personal reasons," the school announced this evening. The resignation is effective immediately.
"I have enjoyed my time at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant and as an assistant coach," Mirando said in a news release. "I have made friends that will last a lifetime; however, due to unforeseen personal issues, I believe it is in my best interest to resign from Mississippi State.
"I want to stress that these issues are personal. I look forward to pursuing other opportunities in the future. Finally, I want to thank my friend and mentor Dan Mullen for giving me this chance."
When asked whether the resignation was due to legal or family issues, a team spokesman only said, "Personal reasons."
Mirando, 26, was a quarterback at Case-Western Reserve and first joined Mullen at Florida as an offensive graduate assistant in 2008. He then followed Mullen to MSU and held the same position. After receivers Mark Hudspeth left to take the head coaching job at UL-Lafayette following the 2010 regular season, Mirando coached the receivers during Gator Bowl practices and was then promoted to his current job.
In Mirando's only season as receivers coach, State ranked sixth in the SEC in pass offense and had a school-record 19 touchdown receptions (12 of those were caught by receivers). Four seniors return this year, and the depth and experience of this group has engendered high expectations.
When reached for comment on who would coach the receivers in the immediate future, Mullen said to "check with me" on Tuesday, when practices resume. Players were off today, and will be off Monday with fall classes beginning.
Mirando's resignation comes just 13 days before MSU opens the season against Jackson State (Sept. 1).
"We appreciate Angelo and the work he did, and wish him the best in wherever the future takes him," Mullen said in the release. "We'll take some time to evaluate what our next steps will be with that staff position, but I’m confident in our veteran group of wide receivers and know they’ll be focused and ready to go Sept. 1."
Mirando did not return a call seeking further comment. He was due to make $76,125 this year, the lowest-paid member of the on-field staff.