- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has agreed to a two-year contract extension.

The school announced the new contract on Monday. It pays him $575,000 for the upcoming season and $625,000 in 2015.

Collins has been on Mississippi State’s coaching staff for the past three seasons, but became the full-time defensive coordinator last year. The Bulldogs gave up 23 points per game, which ranked fifth in the 14-team Southeastern Conference.

Mississippi State finished with a 7-6 record.

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said in a statement Monday that Collins “continues to raise expectations for our team defensively and is also a tremendous recruiter.”

Collins says the team has “a talented group coming back next season” and believes “it can be a special year for us.”