At one point Michigan State was a hell of a program. Just a few years ago MSU was coming off a 35-6 stretch and the College Football Playoff. Fast forward to 2020 and they are a dumpster fire.
Former head coach Mark Dantonio stepped down earlier this month after 13 seasons with the Spartans. While losing a head coach right before national signing day is bad enough, Dantonio also netted a $4.3 million before he walked away amid allegations on recruiting violation and a sexual assault case…
Former staffer Curtis Blackwell has sued Dantonio, former athletic director Mark Hollis and former university president Lou Anna Simon. Blackwell argued that he was fired to cover up for three players who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman at a 2017 party and Dantonio’s NCAA recruiting violations.
In conjunction will all of this, Michigan State got turned down by four coaches in less than a week.
In no particular order: Mel Tucker (Colorado U), Robert Saleh (San Fransisco 49ers’), Luke Fickell (U of Cincinnati), and Pat Narduzzi (Pitt) all shot down MSU. Can you blame them? this would be an absolute monster of a program to inherit.. Then again Matt Rhule did pretty well after inheriting Baylor’s mess..
It’s tough to say who MSU will turn to next. A few names that would make sense would be Butch Jones (Alabama), Chris Creighton (Eastern Michigan), or even Pat Shurmur (Denver Broncos). However, if people keep turning this down, Michigan State’s defensive coordinator/acting head coach, Mike Tressel, will have to step up. Whoever it is, they’re going to have their work cut out for them. I hope they can turn this thing around, the players and fans deserve it and it would be a hell of a comeback story.
When it rains it pours in East Lansing.