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Mark Dantonio Names Harlon Barnett And Mike Tressel As Michigan State's Co-Defensive Coordinators

Mark Dantonio speaks to reporters.

Michigan State lost its highly regarded defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to Pitt, but Mark Dantonio won't be going outside of the program to find a new coordinator. Instead, two existing Spartans coaches will be taking over coordinator duties on Dantonio's staff.

Secondary coach Harlon Barnett and linebackers/special teams coach Mike Tressel, who have both been on Dantonio's staff since his arrival at MSU in 2007, have been promoted to co-defensive coordinators. Barnett also has been named assistant head coach.

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"It's important to move the process forward, and I feel very comfortable in naming Harlon Barnett assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator and Mike Tressel co-defensive coordinator," Dantonio said. "Harlon and Mike have been on my staff together for 11 years, including the past eight years at Michigan State. They both have had a ton of input and shared a lot of ideas with Pat Narduzzi over the years. The co-appointment ensures continuity in terms of player relationships, defensive concepts and terminology.

Barnett and Tressel are looking forward to taking over for Narduzzi after the bowl game.

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Narduzzi is a big loss, but we wouldn't worry about a Mark Dantonio team ever really struggling on defense.

[MSUSpartans.com]