"I have enjoyed my time at Mississippi State as a graduate assistant and as an assistant coach," the official report stated. "I have made friends that will last a lifetime; however due to unforeseen personal issues it is in my best interest to resign from Mississippi State."
The Bulldogs had concluded the training camp portion of preseason Saturday evening with a game-type scrimmage at Scott Field. In a post-scrimmage interview Mullen gave no hints any staff change was forthcoming. But at Sunday's team steak dinner, provided by the Mississippi Beef Council and the state Cattleman's Association, Mirando was not seen with the rest of the coaching staff.
Mirando came to Mississippi State with Mullen in 2009, after he had spent three seasons as a graduate assistant at Florida. Mirando held the same sort of position at MSU the first two seasons, assisting with the offense generally and the wide receivers specifically. When receivers coach Mark Hudspeth left in December before the 2011 Gator Bowl to become head coach at Louisiana-Lafayette, it was Mirando assuming charge of wideouts for the game.
After State piled up 281 yards of receiving with three touchdowns in the rout of Michigan, Mullen promoted Mirando to full-time status in January. Last year his group rewrote the program season record with 19 touchdown receptions.
With most of those leaders back for 2012 and some talented younger wideouts working into the lineups, a big season was expected from the air game. Which makes Mirando's move, and at this point just two weeks before kickoff, more surprising.
"I want to stress that these issues are personal," he said. "I look forward to pursuing other opportunities in the future. Finally I want to thank my friend and mentor Dan Mullen for giving me this chance." It was then-coordinator Mullen who helped then-volunteer Mirando get involved with the Florida offense. During this time Mirando received his bachelors from Case-Western Reserve in 2008.
"We appreciate Angelo and the work he did, and wish him the best in wherever the future takes him," Mullen said. As to filling this full-time opening the head coach is not in a hurry even with kickoff looming.
"We'll take some time to evaluate what our next steps will be with that staff position. But I'm confident in our veteran group of wide receivers and know they'll be focused and ready on September 1."
Following the steak dinner, the Bulldogs attended team and unit meetings well into Sunday evening. Their next practice is Tuesday afternoon.