Mississippi State will reportedly promote interim head coach and former defensive coordinator Zach Arnett to the permanent head coaching position, per Sports Illustrated.
Mississippi State is expected to promote interim coach Zach Arnett to permanent head coach, sources tell @SINow.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 14, 2022
Bulldogs head coach Mike Leach died of heart complications earlier this week. Arnett has been the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Mississippi State since Leach began coaching there 2020 after rising through the ranks at San Diego State throughout the 2010s.
ESPN reported that Arnett is expected to sign a four-year contract with the school. Mississippi State is also in the middle of conducting a search for a new athletic director after former AD John Cohen left for Auburn earlier this fall.
Arnett’s first game as head coach will be the ReliaQuest Bowl on January 2. The Bulldogs are scheduled to face the Illinois Fighting Illini in Tampa, Florida. Mississippi State was 8-4 this season.