Michigan State Football Daily Coaching Search Update 3.0

Hondo S. Carpenter

Times in the Spartan Nation are fascinating.  But no one who reads Spartan Nation regularly is shocked.  

Spartan Nation first reported on August 20, 2019, that I was aware of rumblings from people close to Dantonio that he would resign after signing day in a move to get Mike Tressel hired, like Bob Stoops did with Oklahoma. I wrote, "I have heard that scenario from several people. I have also reported previously of more than one person at MSU, saying that AD Bill Beekman has talked to them about Mike Tressel as a successor. I asked two members of the Board of Trustees (who hire the AD, Football & Men's Basketball Coach at MSU) about that. Both said nearly the same thing. But here is a quote from one of them directly, "Bill and Mark if that is true needs to understand their job and hiring the next coach is our job, not theirs." Dantonio was asked at Big Ten Media days about an end plan, and he said he is, "In the moment." I did specifically ask him about many at MSU and other places speculating on this being the end, and he told me, "I am in the moment." He then smiled and walked away."

That is why I asked Bill Beekman about the search at his press conference last week (Video below) and the fact that the Board of Trustees will make the hire.

 In my opinion, anything that the MSU Board of Trustees has the authority to do should concern every Spartan. The MSU Board of Trustees has given Spartan Nation reason to doubt their ability.  They have openly gone after each other to the point that Tom Izzo in the past had to reach out to Board Members and tell them to stop their public bickering.  By the way, that didn't come from Tom Izzo, I was told that by another BOT member.

It stuns me that members of the BOT are making so much effort to inject themselves into the coaching search while fighting the release of documents involved in the Larry Nassar scandal.  How about trying to rectify that scandal by ripping off the band-aid and simply making all the THOUSANDS  of documents public and not caring about how bad it may make you look.  Let others who the public actually trusts, pick a coach.

Despite the fake news of done deals with Luke Fickell. the talk of rumored emergency meetings and how lucrative the contracts would be and how all that was left was negotiating the assistant money, all were for naught.  While Spartan Nation has not read those reports, you all certainly emailed us about them.

On February 6 we reported that last Wednesday Luke Fickell told his staff that he was not coming to Michigan State.  He proved to be truthful.

I can also tell you that the following are out:

Pat Narduzzi Pittsburgh Head Coach

Mel Tucker Colordao Head Coach

Robert Saleh DC San Francisco 49ers

Matt Campbell, the head coach at Iowa State

Pat Shurmur former NFL OC & head coach

Shurmur turned the job down this morning.  So who is left from the original list?

Marvin Lewis DC Arizona State

Jim McElwain, the head coach at CMU.

Craig Bohl head coach at Wyoming

Butch Jones former head coach currently on staff with Nick Saban. Jones has seen his name get traction. He is highly respected and was recommended for the job by Nick Saban, and other notable names around college football. 

Harlon Barnett was a name Spartan Nation last early summer reported was going to get a long look should what we heard about Dantonio happen. He was NOT on the original list and not on the radar. Glenn Sugiyama (DHR International) looked at sitting head coaches initially. (Butch Jones, Marvin Lewis & Robert Saleh were on the list we published because of interest from some in the administration)

However, with the crash of Florida State, many thought the die-hard Spartan (Da Bang Stick) would be out of it. I can tell you tonight that Spartans from around the nation are speaking up and calling for him to be hired. Barnett has impeccable integrity and had Florida State's entire program not crashed this past season; he would have been the front runner.

I mentioned in my QA article that a name I had not listed that I found intriguing was Brett Bielema, the former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach. I can tell you as of tonight HE IS NOT on the radar. It doesn't mean that he won't be, but he is not as of now.

There was a meeting of the committee minds tonight to figure out the direction that they will go now. One member of the administration told me, "I get a sense of little panic, that they are sensing the wrath of the fans and that they want to get it done quickly. Not sure that is the right thing. Let's get it right." I echo that. It is easy to make a wrong move when you feel pressure to hurry. Just get it right.

I have all the faith in the committee and zero faith in the BOT. As long as the BOT stays out of it, I am encouraged.

Tell us in the comment section below who you think. We want to know your opinion.

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Comments (15)
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SPARTANBOB
SPARTANBOB

Who is on this committee that composes the search for the Head Football Coach ?

Jdieterle66
Jdieterle66

Recognize and start listening to the "Stakeholders" who have an important stake in this hire, and make it a diverse group. This type of initial process is typically used when a Principal or Superintendent is hired in a school district. Meet with important stakeholders even if it takes an extra week. Former players are already speaking out about Harlon Barnett. This needs to be seriously considered because they have a deep firsthand knowledge of his integrity through their firsthand experiences, and will create trust and buy-in. Do not ignore important Stakeholders, especially after everything that has happened in the recent past at MSU in general.

SpartanSports
SpartanSports

Butch Jones learning from Saban combined with his passion and energy is probably the best option for MSU

B1G Ball Buster1
B1G Ball Buster1

Come on....

McSparty
McSparty

Hondo-
Why not take a close look at Sean Lewis from Kent State?

He is young, energetic, schematically intriguing and a great recruiter.

Where a guy comes from is not important. What they bring to the table...energy, passion, ability to recruit alongside intelligence and potential are the attributes the committee should be seeking.

I have never heard Sean Lewis mentioned but he fits all of those attributes If you read his bio. I went to see Auburn play Kent State at Auburn and I watched this guy coach live. I was super impressed. Please read his bio and tell me he should not be considered. He even has Big Ten roots (Wisconsin) and has coached under some great coaches before land the head coaching job at Kent State.

MSUMark
MSUMark

If anyone recommends Bielema, they should run & hide! I would turn my back to MSU football... that would be a desperate & terrible hire. UW fans were happy to see him go... same with Ark.

Msurick
Msurick

Just not Bielema.

JPSpartan
JPSpartan

I am intrigued that Marvin Lewis did not already say that he was not interested. To me, he's clearly the only 5-Star candidate on that list. For those worried about how a coach will do in years 6-10, they have to get through the first couple. Lewis as far as football coaching ability, dwarfs the rest. If he has yet to say no, they need to call him around 8:00 AZ time this morning.

Jumbiemom
Jumbiemom

At this point, whoever is given the HC job, where would the staff come from? Does anyone know what exactly about the campus "culture" scared Amy Fickell away?

Eddie54
Eddie54

It is time for the BOT's members to STAY OUT of the process, especially Brian McCollum. His ego is talking and thinks he is important. He is one vote, not 7 or 8. The search committee needs to do their due diligence and report. Beekman needs help to do this, not the BOT. The culture and past situations are going to play in each candidate. There is no way it won't come up as part of any conversations. No one at MSU can deny things happened that is now effecting this hire.

MDanMSU915
MDanMSU915

I hope the search committee does not consider Brett Bielama for head coach. Not crazy about the guy myself but Paul Finebaum just wrote that MSU would be doing itself no favors by hiring Bielama. Left Arkansas a mess, difficult to deal with and selfish. Sound familiar? No way

MDanMSU915
MDanMSU915

I think Butch Jones might be the best fit at this particular time for MSU. Still highly respected, very good recruiter and spending the last couple years with Nick I would think help him with being a better coach. We need a steady hand to guide MSU football right now and I think Butch Jones is the guy who can do that.

vovosparty
vovosparty

LMFAO at Hondo using a tweet in the article from a Nashville reporter that admitted it was a joke and a troll. Use a spell check while you're at it too


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