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Mississippi State fills out football coaching staff with Deshea Townsend




Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University wide receiver coach Tim Brewster may have said it best on his Twitter account Friday after the announcement of Deshea Townsend as the Bulldogs newest cornerbacks coach.  


"Got to luv a coach w Super Bowl Rings!!," Brewster tweeted Friday.  


Former National Football League and University of Alabama defensive back Deshea Townsend has been hired to complete the MSU coaching staff for next season. .  


MSU's 247Sports.com site was the first to report Townsend had been contacted by MSU officials including head coach Dan Mullen about the opening earlier this week and the former South Panola High School star was reportedly in Starkville Wednesday touring the new football complex facility. 


Townsend replace Melvin Smith as the Bulldogs next defensive back coach. Smith left Starkville on Christmas Day for the same position at Auburn University under new head coach Gus Malzahn.  


As a 13-year NFL veteran with Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts, Townsend won two Super Bowls as a player with the Steelers in 2006 and 2009. He spent last season as an assistant coach with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals before the entire staff including head coach Ken Whisenhunt wasn't retained by management this month.  


According to reports, Townsend is expected to be in Starkville this weekend just in time for a large number of 2013 prospects officially visiting the MSU campus on Jan. 18 and Jan. 25. 


While a native of Mississippi, Townsend led South Panola High in Batesville to the Mississippi High School Activities Association Class 5A state championship in 1993. 


247Sports.com reported Wednesday that University of Nebraska defensive 


backs coach Terry Joseph was another top name for that opening but he has reportedly decided to remain with the Cornhuskers program.  


Joseph, who is a former assistant under Derek Dooley at both the University of Tennessee and Louisiana Tech University, was a part in the nation's fourth-best pass defense this past season with the Cornhuskers. 




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