FILE - Mississippi State wide receiver Brandon Heavens (3) is congratulated by wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando, left, after a play against Wake Forest in the 2011 Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by: Associated Press
August 19, 2012 9:32:05 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando has resigned due to personal reasons. The resignation is effective immediately.
Mirando's resignation comes 13 days before MSU will begin its 2012 season with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Jackson State on Sept. 1.
Mirando became a full-time assistant in 2011 following a pair of seasons as a graduate assistant for the Bulldog football program. The final graduate assistant season ended with Mirando unofficial taking over control of the position group before preparation for the 2011 Gator Bowl. Mirando was given the assignment of coaching the receivers in bowl preparation after Mark Hudspeth left the same position at MSU to take the head coaching job at the University of Louisiana. In his first full season in charge of the wide receivers, his group set a school record with a combined 19 touchdown receptions.
"I have enjoyed my time at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant and as an assistant coach. 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," Mirando said in a university release. "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 (MSU head coach) Dan Mullen for giving me this chance."
MSU football spokesperson Joe Galbraith confirmed to The Dispatch Sunday Mirando was not arrested over the weekend but was currently unaware of Mirando's resignation being related to any legal situation between him or the university.
Mirando began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Florida in 2008 after graduating from Division III Case Western Reserve.
"We appreciate Angelo and the work he did, and wish him the best in wherever the future takes him," Mullen said. "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."
Mullen's MSU coaching staff currently has four assistants with previous experience as a receivers coach (offensive coordinator Les Koenning, RB coach Greg Knox, TE coach Scott Sallach and CB coach Melvin Smith) but no announcement has been made about the future of the wide receivers coach position. Mullen has experience coaching wide receivers at the beginning of his career at Wagner College and then Columbia University.
The MSU players have off practice Monday due to it coinciding with the first day of fall classes and the next scheduled media opportunity with Mullen is set for Tuesday after practice.
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