Tuesday night found Mark Dantonio answering the question many Spartan football fans have been asking since Don Treadwell announced he was leaving East Lansing to take over at Miami-Ohio.
Roushar, who has been part of Dantonio’s staff since 2005, has prior experience and the confidence from the Spartans head man.
“As Dan steps into the coordinator’s role, he underscores the importance of staff continuity and stability to our players, as we continue to build on the foundation that has been established. We are excited about the future of Michigan State Football.”
“Dan has coached a multitude of positions throughout his career,” Dantonio continued. “He has been an offensive coordinator at four different schools, including experience in the Big Ten when he was at Illinois. He worked extensively with the offensive line, and has also coached running backs, quarterbacks, and tight ends. He’s well-versed in all aspects of the offense and is extremely organized. He has developed great relationships with our players and coaches throughout the six years he has been with us on staff, both at Cincinnati, and Michigan State. Dan will do an outstanding job and we look forward to continuing our progress offensively as a football team.”
Spartan Digest was not surprised by the hiring of Coach Roushar as he worked hand-in-hand with Don Treadwell. Roushar was excited about his promotion.
“It’s a great opportunity. Certainly being an offensive coordinator at a few other schools will make the transition smooth. To have most of the staff in tact also makes it really nice. Obviously, we have to replace Coach Treadwell, and we’ll get a great candidate that will come in and do a heck of a job. We all have a good idea of who our players are, what they do very well and what they need to work on. Since we’ve been together as a staff, I think it’s going to move us forward quickly.”
A two-year letterman as a quarterback at Northern Illinois, Roushar launched his coaching career with the Huskies program as a student assistant while working on finishing his bachelor’s degree. Following his time with his alma mater, Coach Roushar spent time with Butler, Rhode Island, Ball State, and Illinois prior to going back to NIU from 1997-2002 and then returning to Illinois prior to joining Dantonio’s staff at the University of Cincinnati as offensive line coach in 2005.
Spartan fans should not expect wholesale changes with the Big Ten Champions offensive attack.
“I don’t see us doing a lot of things different with our offense. We hope to continue to run it well, and also see if we can improve in areas. It’s a system we’ve now been in for seven years. We want to make it better and refine it, while playing to the strength of our personnel. We have a running back corps that’s very solid, very deep; there will be a lot of competition there. We have receivers that can make plays. We have some talented tight ends, and we’ll have to put the line back together. I think we have a lot of pieces to work with. Certainly you have a veteran quarterback in Kirk Cousins and a guy right behind him that’s awfully talented. We feel very good about our offense for this upcoming season.”
Roushar was not the only change in the staff announced on Tuesday night.