Felker, Hallman Back In Coaching

Mississippi State hired former Southeastern Conference head coaches Rocky Felker and Curley Hallman as assistants on Saturday. Hallman, who was a head coach at LSU from 1991-94, will coach defensive backs, reuniting with Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill. Hallman, 55, was part of Sherrill's staff at Texas A&M during the mid '80s. ``I'm back doing what I love to do. I appreciate the opportunity, and I've always enjoyed the state of Mississippi,'' Hallman said. Hallman coached at Southern Mississippi from 1988-91, going 23-11 before a disappointing four years in Baton Rouge with the Tigers. He was 16-28 at LSU. Felker preceded Sherrill at Mississippi State, leading the Bulldogs from 1986-90 to a 21-34 record. Felker, 49, will be coordinator of football operations for Sherrill. Felker played quarterback at Mississippi State in the early 70s before beginning his coaching career in Starkville. ``Nobody is happier to be back at Mississippi State than me. I get to come back home. This is a special place to me,'' Felker said. ``Jackie and I have talked several times about coming back. I felt it just wasn't the time, but the timing is right now.'' In 11 seasons at Mississippi State, Sherrill has become the school's winningest coach. ``This is a great day for MSU. I've tried to hire these two guys for 11 years, and I guess I finally convinced them to come back,'' Sherrill said. With the additions of Felker and Hallman, Sherrill now has four former head coaches on his staff joining offensive coordinator Sparky Woods, who coached at South Carolina, and defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn, who coached at Mississippi.