Search is on to replace Croom

Greg Byrne was widely lauded for the coaching search that brought baseball coach John Cohen back to Mississippi State in June.
The next hire for the first-year Mississippi State athletic director will have a much higher profile.

Byrne, 36, assumes the leadership role in naming Sylvester Croom’s successor at State. The fifth-year MSU football coach resigned on Saturday, one day after Ole Miss pummeled the Bulldogs 45-0 in Oxford. Croom met with Byrne on Saturday morning before deciding to submit his resignation.
State has hired Neinas Sports Services, a consulting firm headed by former Big Eight Conference commissioner Chuck Neinas, to assist in its search for a football coach. Byrne said he has no specific timetable in mind for naming Croom’s successor, and that former MSU head coach Rockey Felker would handle the day-to-day operations of the program. The remainder of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff will also continue to work in recruiting.