February 6, 2020
Mark Dantonio retired as MSU’s coach on Tuesday, ending a 13-year run that included three Big Ten titles, a Rose Bowl victory and a College Football Playoff berth. He is the program’s all-time winningest coach with a 114-57 record in East Lansing. His overall record is 132-74, including three years at Cincinnati.
One of the leaders to take over the Spartans program in Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell. Fickell, 46, coached Cincinnati to an 11-3 record this season, including a win in the Birmingham Bowl. Hired to coach the Bearcats in 2017, he would owe Cincinnati a $2 million buyout if he leaves for another job before Dec. 31, 2020.
Pat Narduzzi considered a potential candidate to return to the Spartans, Dantonio’s former defensive coordinator and current head coach at Pitt borrowed a line from his old boss when asked if anyone from MSU contacted him, “Next question, c’mon now,” Narduzzi told reporters. “Put it this way, my phone was blowing up last night.”
Other possible candidates are Tony Elliott, Clemson co-offensive coordinator, Tom Allen, Indiana coach, Dave Clawson, Wake Forest coach, Blake Anderson, Arkansas State coach and Matt Campbell, Iowa State coach.
Let’s not forget the name that lurks in the shadows former Ohio State head coach Urban Myers.