Defense in the SEC? That's fine. But an offense is what will protect your job.
To be fair, there were problems at Mississippi State before Sylvester Croom arrived. Jackie Sherrill went 3-8 in 2001, 3-9 in 2002 and 2-10 in 2003. But save last year's fluke, Croom did nothing to remedy those issues.
What happens when you take a head coach shunned at his old school after incredible success, a quarterback who transfers after finding himself below a Heism@n-contending starter on the depth chart and a team that that won just 10 games and 3 SEC match-ups over its last three years? Why, a trip to the Cotton Bowl, of course.