Michigan State might be in some trouble. After Mark Dantonio’s sudden resignation, the Spartans’ top coaching replacement targets aren’t interested in the vacant position so far.
Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell and Colorado’s Mel Tucker emerged as two of the favorites to land the job. But both have turned the offer down, opting to stay at their current school.
With several candidates off the board, former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema has emerged as the top candidate. Bielema is currently working for the New York Giants, but he’s reportedly interested in the Michigan State position.
There are not many other visible options for the Spartans at the moment. But college football analyst Paul Finebaum thinks Bielema would be a horrible hire by Michigan State.
“The newest name to surface is Bret Bielema — remember the guy that used to be at Wisconsin? And Arkansas? I think he was a disaster at Arkansas,” Finebaum said, via Saturday Tradition. “He was stubborn. He made countless mistakes. And putting him in that situation I think excites absolutely nobody.”
Finebaum’s got a point. The Spartans might need to make a flashier hire than someone like Bielema.
Dantonio’s old-school style of football simply didn’t have success over the past few years. Michigan State needs to find a coach that can excite the fan-base and enliven the entire program.
Bielema doesn’t fit the type of coach the Spartans need. But as has been pointed out by many, there’s not many other options as of right now.
It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the Michigan State coaching search shakes out.