During each of the past five seasons Michigan State has seen solid improvements in their defense. Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi is a key reasons the Spartans have become one of the top defensive units in the country.
Because of this success, Narduzzi is considered one of the top future head coaches in the game. However, the scare for Spartan fans came from new SEC member Texas A&M as they aggressively pursued Narduzzi to take over their defense.
After taking a hard look, Narduzzi made the decision to stay a Spartan for at least another season.
“With the success we’ve had as a football program, especially the last two years, people around the country have taken notice,” said Narduzzi. So when provided a professional opportunity like Texas A&M, I owed it to my family to investigate it because my first obligation is to take care of my wife and children. The bottom line remains; however, that I’m very comfortable working for Mark Dantonio and Michigan State. The support from the top down is tremendous. Coach Dantonio, Athletics Director Mark Holllis, President (Lou Anna) Simon and our Board of Trustees have been very supportive and understanding as I’ve gone through this decision-making process, and I’m thankful for their patience.
“I share the same feelings that our players and coaches have that there’s some unfinished business to take care of here. We’re all driven to win the Big Ten Championship and win a Rose Bowl.”
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio expressed the same feelings many fans had about the possibilities of losing a key member of his staff.
“We’re excited about keeping the coaching staff intact,” Dantonio stressed. “Staff continuity has been a key component in our sustained success.
“Prior to Texas A&M aggressively pursuing Pat Narduzzi, (MSU Athletics Director) Mark Hollis had already identified the financial resources to make sure that not only Pat, but all of our assistant coaches, had salaries that are competitive in the Big Ten. We understand that our continued success will provide professional opportunities for our student-athletes and coaches alike.
“There’s no doubt that Pat will be a head coach sometime soon, but for now, we’re excited that he remains a Spartan as we continue our pursuit of another Big Ten Championship and our first trip to the Rose Bowl.
“With back-to-back 11-win seasons, a bowl victory over Georgia and a coaching staff that remains intact, we have a lot of momentum as we head down the stretch toward Signing Day.
“We’re on the verge of accomplishing some special things here at Michigan State, but we can’t do it alone. To reach our ultimate goals, it will take a championship effort from all of our stakeholders: our coaches, administration, alumni and fans. We all must continue to support our student-athletes in their quest for championships.”
With Narduzzi back for another season Spartan fans can rest assured the Green & White will stay one of the more aggressive defensives in the college football.