Five MSU Football Assistant Coaches Reassigned

STARKVILLE, Miss. -­ Five Mississippi State assistant football coaches, including offensive coordinator Sparky Woods and defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, have been relieved of their coaching responsibilities and will be reassigned within the athletic department until June 30, 2003.

Offensive centers and guards coach Carroll McCray, wide receiver coach Craig Stump and defensive line coach John Hendrick have also been reassigned by the university.

"I have personally told each how much I appreciated what they have done for our football program and for Mississippi State University, but I have made the decision to make changes on my coaching staff," Sherrill said. "I am in the process of conducting interviews and plan to have coaches on board within the next two weeks, with approval of the athletic director, president and the IHL board. Right now, all my efforts are directed toward assembling the best staff I possibly can for our football team and Mississippi State."

Dunn, 56, had been defensive coordinator at State since 1996 and is a veteran of 31 years coaching on the collegiate level. Woods, who will turn 49 later this month, had served as the Bulldogs' offensive coordinator since 1999. He has coached on the collegiate or professional level for 27 years.

Hendrick, 42, had coached eight seasons at State, seven on the defensive line. Stump, 37, had tutored Bulldog wide receivers since 1997, while McCray had worked with the interior portion of State's offensive line for the past two seasons.

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