Chatham Central's Turner gets coaching job at Miss. St.

Jan. 10, 2013 @ 03:52 PM

Following three years on the coaching staff at the University of Kentucky, David Turner is returning to another SEC football program as he took an assistant coaching position, the defensive line coach, at Mississippi State on Wednesday.

Turner was the assistant head coach and defensive line coach under head coach Joker Phillips at Kentucky. Phillips was fired at the end of this season after the Wildcats went 2-10 overall and 0-8 in the SEC.

Turner joins head coach Dan Mullen, going into his fifth season coaching Mississippi St. The Bulldogs went 8-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC this season, ending the season with a loss to Northwestern in the Gator Bowl. Turner coached the Bulldog defense from 2007-09, including for one season once Mullen replaced the previous head coach, Sylvester Croom.

Turner tweeted, "Going back to Miss State! Go Dawgs!" on Wednesday morning.

The Starkville Daily News reported the hiring later Wednesday.

Along with it being Turner's second stint in Starkville, he's going on 14 seasons coaching at four SEC programs. Turner's coached at Alabama and Vanderbilt. In 27 years coaching collegiately, Turner's resume includes positions with North Carolina St., Virginia, James Madison and his alma mater, Davidson.

A Goldston native, Turner was a three-year letterwinner as a running back at Davidson. He led the Wildcats in rushing and receiving his senior season.

Turner graduated in 1981 from Chatham Central where he was a standout on the gridiron along with on the Bear basketball and baseball squads.

This past season Mississippi State's defense ranked No. 34 nationally in points allowed, allowing 23.3 points a game, under defensive coordinator Chris Wilson, who has moved to the same role at Georgia. The Bulldogs promoted Geoff Collins within their staff to defensive coordinator.

MSU's season ended with a 41-24 loss to Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl, then a 34-20 loss to Northwestern.

Mississippi State's 2013 slate opens on Aug. 30 with a contest against Oklahoma St. at Reliant Stadium in Houston.