New Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker hasn’t bee in his job for very long. However, he’s already making swift decisions regarding the coaching staff.
Tucker announced he’s bringing back several former Mark Dantonio assistants, including interim head coach Mike Tressel. The former Colorado coach made another addition recently, one Michigan State fans will be pleased with.
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, former Spartans assistant coach Harlon Barnett is returning to the team. Tucker reportedly hired Barnett as the team’s new secondary coach.
“Spartans bringing back Harlon Barnett as secondary coach under Mel Tucker,” Rittenberg reported. “Barnett coached MSU’s secondary from 2007 to 2017, and served as co-defensive coordinator for the last three years before going to Florida State as DC.”
#Spartans bringing back Harlon Barnett as secondary coach under Mel Tucker. Barnett coached MSU's secondary from 2007 to 2017, and served as co-defensive coordinator for the last three years before going to #FloridaState as DC.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 20, 2020
Barnett took over as co-defensive coordinator with the Spartans after Pat Narduzzi left the staff to become the head coach at Pitt. He has coached defensive backs at Michigan State since 2007, after joining the staff from Cincinnati.
Former Florida State head coach Willie Taggart poached Barnett to be his defensive coordinator. However, just two seasons later, both were out of the job with the Seminoles.
Now he returns to Michigan State where he starred as a player from 1986-89.