Mississippi State defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson has stepped down at Mississippi State to take the same job at Arkansas under new coach Bobby Petrino, Slyvester Croom has confirmed.
Johnson has been at MSU for four years. Two weeks ago, he interviewed at South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
So much for him wanting to get closer to home. Apparently, he just wanted out at Mississippi State. Funny thing, he told me on Thursday how appreciative he was of MSU making a commitment to him and how he’s looking forward to his future with the Bulldogs.
Wow! A coach that doesn’t tell the truth. Imagine that.
He told Croom of his decision on Sunday morning, hours after the Bulldogs rallied to defeat Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl, 10-3.
Here’s what Croom had to say:
“We feel that we have done everything possible to keep Ellis here, but he indicated to me that his decision was in his family’s best interest.”
And apparently, Arkansas didn’t go through the proper channels in contacting Johnson, which didn’t settle too well with MSU officials. I’ll have more on this in my story for Tuesday’s paper.