Mississippi State’s football program appears to have lost one of its top off-the-field staffers.
Patrick Austin may not be a name known by the average SEC fan, but those who follow Mississippi State football are very familiar with the man who has been an integral part of putting together the last few Bulldogs’ recruiting classes.
And if reports are correct, new Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead may soon be searching for his replacement. Austin is leaving the program to pursue opportunities at “the next level” according to a report from Will Sammon of The Clarion-Ledger.
One would assume that “the next level” would mean professional football, but Sammon reports that details are not yet finalized on the move. That leaves Bulldogs fans to speculate on what could be more attractive to the former high school football coach than recruiting football players to play in Starkville.
Austin was hired by Dan Mullen as a recruiting specialist in 2016, and he was promoted to his recruiting coordinator role after Moorhead was hired to replace Mullen following the 2017 season. He previously was the head coach at Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss.
Mississippi State has not yet acknowledged the departure and a potential replacement has not yet been identified.