Mississippi State fires Arnett after 11 games

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Mississippi State has fired head football coach Zach Arnett.

“As part of my thorough and continued evaluation, I have determined that a change in leadership is necessary to move our football program forward and position it for the highest level of success,” Bulldogs athletic director Zac Selmon said in a statement. “I have the utmost respect for Zach Arnett and am incredibly appreciative of the effort he put forth in leading our football program. However, the progress and on-field results have not been of the standard required for Mississippi State to achieve the level of success we need and expect.”

Arnett became the Bulldogs’ 35th football coach on Dec. 15, 2022, following the death of coach Mike Leach.

“Zach took on an unprecedented and challenging situation last December. He provided the football program much needed leadership and stability during a tragic time. There is no question that he has made a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes during his time here. We are grateful for his contributions to Mississippi State and wish him the very best both personally and professionally,” Selmon said.

Mississippi State had a 5-6 record during Arnett’s tenure, including a 4-6 record this season.

MSU senior offensive analyst Greg Knox will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the 2023 season. Knox has 35 years of coaching experience, including 28 in the SEC.

A national search for the Bulldogs’ next head football coach is underway.

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