Mississippi State promotes Chris Wilson to defensive coordinator

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State has promoted Chris

Wilson to defensive coordinator, one day after Manny Diaz left the

position to take the same job at Texas.

The 41-year-old Wilson joined Mississippi State last season as

co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach. Before coming to

Starkville, he spent five seasons as an assistant at Oklahoma,

including the last three as special teams coordinator.

Mississippi State's defense ranked third in the Southeastern

Conference this season, giving up 19.9 points per game. The

Bulldogs finished with a 9-4 record, beating Michigan 52-14 in the

Gator Bowl on Jan. 1.

MSU also announced that Angelo Mirando has been promoted to

receivers coach after serving the past two seasons as a graduate