EAST LANSING - Michigan State University has scheduled a 1:30 press conference where head coach John L. Smith is expected to step down as the team's head coach.
Several radio reports have Smith deciding to resign effective the end of the season. Some reports state that defensive coordinator Chris Smeland will take over on an interim basis, but GoSpartans.net has learned that Smith will stay on until the end of the season.
Smith was hired amid murky circumstances at the GMAC Bowl when he was the head coach of Louisville. MSU received tremendous criticism when word leaked among Louisville players at halftime that Smith had accepted the job at Michigan State.
Smith team appears headed for another losing season. They sit currently at 4-5 and have given up 30 points in six of their nine games. After finishing 5-6 a season ago, Smith's overall record at MSU is 26-28 with three games remaining the season.
Smith is best known for his off-the-field adventures which including running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain, Skydiving, climbing Mt. Kilaminjaro among others. He suffered a blow when his wife was diagnosed with cancer last offseason.
Names being mentioned in association with Michigan State's coaching position are former Detroit Lions head coach Steve Mariucci, Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong, Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Pat Shurmur, former Cleveland Browns and Miami Hurricanes coach Butch Davis, Idaho coach Dennis Erickson, East Carolina coach Steve Logan and a host of others.
Michigan State would be one of the more attractive coaching jobs in the country if it indeed becomes vacant this afternoon.
Stay tuned to GoSpartans.net for updates.