The Egg Bowl has suddenly become a modern day Waterloo for football coaches. Just like the undoing of Napaleon, for the 2nd year in a row the Egg Bowl has resulted in a coaching change. Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom announced his resignation Saturday after Friday's 45-0 loss at the hands of Ole Miss. And he's the reigning SEC Coach of the year.
The first African American head coach in the SEC, posted a 21-38 record over 5 seasons at State and appeared to have the program heading in the right direction last year. The Bullies went to their first bowl game in 7 years, capping an 8 win season with a victory over Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl. But this season, they got off to a 1-4 start and never really recovered, finishing 4-8.
Sources tell me Boise State head coach Chris Petersen heads the list potential candidates to replace Croom. Ole Miss defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and La Tech head coach Derek Dooley, the son of former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, are also on the wish list.