Sources: Miss. St. to turn to DC Arnett as coach

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Mississippi State will name defensive coordinator Zach Arnett its new head coach, sources told ESPN's Pete Thamel, with the school opting to keep the hire in house in the wake of Mike Leach's death earlier this week.

Sources: Mississippi State to promote Zach Arnett to head coach 4:44 PM ET ESPN Mississippi State and defensive coordinator Zach Arnett have agreed to terms to make him the school's next head football coach, sources told ESPN's Pete Thamel on Wednesday. Arnett is expected to receive a four-year contract, which has not been signed yet. The decision comes in the wake of Mike Leach's death earlier this week. "The school wants to give the players a strong leader to help them through the grieving process and give them stability," a source said. "Zach is the guy for that. Zach embodies MSU and understands it, and he's going to build on the foundation that Coach Leach set."