"Sylvester Croom met all of the criteria we laid forth for the selection of a new head football coach at Mississippi State," Director of Athletics Larry Templeton said. "We went after the best football coach and we're confident we found that individual in Sylvester Croom. We're excited to welcome him to the Mississippi State family."
Croom, 49, comes to State from the National Football League, where he has spent 17 years of his coaching career, including the last three as running backs coach with the Green Bay Packers. He also worked with Detroit, San Diego, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis on the professional level. He helped the Chargers to a berth in Super Bowl XXIX in 1995.
The new MSU head coach also has 11 years experience on the college level at Alabama, helping the Crimson Tide to back-to-back national championships in 1978 and 1979.
A 1975 graduate of the University of Alabama, Croom was a three-year letterman for coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant, earning all-SEC and all-America recognition following his senior season. He was the starting center on Alabama¹s 1973 national title team.