January 14, 2010 10:39:00 AM
STARKVILLE -- It has been four weeks since Carl Torbush left as Mississippi State defensive coordinator to take the same position on Turner Gill''s staff at Kansas University and coach Dan Mullen of the Bulldogs has been busy looking a replacement.
Mullen visited potential candidates at the American Football Coaches Association Convention in Orlando, Fla., this week.
Some of the names emerging as the front-runners in the search are Manny Diaz, Middle Tennessee State defensive coordinator, Rick Minter, former Cincinnati head coach and Marshall defensive coordinator, and Willie Martinez, former Georgia defensive coordinator. It''s expected that Diaz may be in Starkville this week for a formal interview.
There''s another opening on Mullen''s staff after defensive line coach David Turner left to coach the defensive line at the University of Kentucky earlier this week.
1. Starkville basketball squads sweep Callaway HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2. MSU men win third straight by beating Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
3. Prescott makes postseason debut against Packers LOCAL SPORTS
4. New Hope basketball drops region pair to Oxford HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
5. MSU notebook: Large crowd packs coliseum for MSU win COLLEGE SPORTS