News from MSU Media Relations--January 23

The latest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football and Track & Field.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Greg Knox, who has spent the past decade as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn, has been named to Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen's coaching staff, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning.

"Greg has over 14 years of experience in the Southeastern Conference and he's widely respected for the work that he's done," Mullen said. "He also has experience coaching in the state of Mississippi and throughout the Southeast."

Knox comes to Mississippi State following a 14-year stretch as head coach Tommy Tuberville's wide receivers coach at both Ole Miss and Auburn. Knox was also the recruiting coordinator for the last 13 of those seasons.

A veteran of nine postseason bowl games, Knox helped lead the Auburn offense to the top of the SEC in scoring in both 2004 and 2005. He has tutored six players selected in the National Football League draft.

After earning his bachelor's degree while playing quarterback for Northeastern State, Knox began his coaching career at his alma mater in 1988. Knox spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State and two at Texas Christian before being named to the staff at Stephen F. Austin in 1992.

In three seasons on the Lumberjacks staff as the receivers and special teams coach, Knox helped a program that had won only three games in the previous two seasons to the 1993 I-AA playoffs and a top-25 ranking the following season.

Knox is married to the former Toralyn Foster, and the couple has three sons.

Track & Field
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State women's indoor track and field team opens the 2009 season Friday at the Arkansas Razorback Invitational at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.

The two-day event concludes on Saturday.

Friday's first event will be the women's pentathlon at 11:30 a.m. State's first showing will be in the women's high jump at 4:00 p.m. with senior Dorothy Youmans competing in the event. All-American Marrissa Harris will be competing in the women's shot put on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and the women's 60-meter hurdles preliminaries on Saturday at 1:15 p.m.

Other Southeastern Conference teams competing at the invitational are Alabama and Arkansas. Joining the list of teams at the meet are Baylor, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Jackson State, Louisiana Tech, McNeese State, Missouri State, North Texas, Northwestern State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oral Roberts, Southern, Southern Methodist, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Tulsa, UMKC, and UT Arlington.

"For the older kids on the team, this meet is just to see where they are at," coach Al Schmidt said. "For the younger kids, this meet is just to get their feet wet."

This is the first year in three years that State has not opened the indoor season at the Clemson Invitational. The Lady Bulldogs return to action at the New Mexico Multis and Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M., on Jan. 30.

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