Croom heads to St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Sylvester Croom, who resigned under pressure as coach at Mississippi State, is the new running backs coach for the St. Louis Rams.

Coach Steve Spagnuolo announced the hiring Monday, along with four others.

The Tuscaloosa native and former Alabama standout became the first black head coach in Southeastern Conference history when he took over the Bulldogs in 2004.

Mississippi State was 21-38 in his five seasons.

Before that, he spent 17 seasons as an NFL assistant. Spagnuolo, a former New York Giants defensive coordinator, was hired as the Rams' coach Jan. 17.

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