Dan Mullen To Promote Geoff Collins To Defensive Coordinator

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that the move to make Geoff Collins the defensive play-caller for the Gator Bowl may have been a preview for a coming permanent change.

Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen has promoted co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Geoff Collins to defensive coordinator, according to a report by CoachingSearch.com.

The move comes just days after Mullen surprisingly announced that Collins would call defensive plays at the Gator Bowl, instead of head MSU defensive coordinator Chris Wilson.

The biggest question now is what this means for the former head defensive coordinator Chris Wilson. Wilson and Collins could very well just flip defensive coordinator titles and retain position coaching duties, or Wilson could even simply stay on as just the defensive line coach. As this is new and unconfirmed information, we do not know that at this time.

Collins is considered by some to be a rising star in college coaching, as witnessed by interest in him for the Florida International head coaching position and other rumored interest elsewhere. That rising status in the coaching world could have played a part in this promotion, but that is simply speculation at this time.

Wilson and Collins have been co-coordinators for some time now, but Wilson retained play calling duties and was considered to be the head defensive coordinator. Wilson took over as the head defensive coordinator in 2011 after fellow co-DC Manny Diaz left to become the head defensive coordinator at Texas.

We will keep you informed as news becomes available to us.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed by MSU.

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