Michigan State football: Dantonio understands Narduzzi's likelihood of leaving

Pat Narduzzi is on the verge of becoming a head coach

12/10/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

Pat Narduzzi has been the defensive coordinator at Michigan State since 2007 and currently leads what is arguably the best defensive unit in the country this season. Blog Photo - Michigan State football: Dantonio understands Narduzzi's likelihood of leaving

His name has been all over the place when it comes to head coaching vacancies, and he’s possibly the leading candidate for more than one school, including Connecticut.

“Pat is a very focused individual,” Dantonio said, according to CoachingSearch.com. “He'll be in Arkansas for the Broyles Award. He's a finalist in that. One of the top four assistant coaches in college football. He's gotten the notoriety and the media coverage to be a name out there, I think, to be a tremendous head coach candidate. He'll make a tremendous head coach. But at the same time, I know he's extremely happy here, and I know our players love him and he loves our players.”

Michigan State has won nine games in a row, including a 34-24 victory in the Big Ten Championship Game against then-No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. The Spartans have held opponents to 12.7 points per game this season (No. 4 overall), holding 10 different teams to 17 points or less.

Narduzzi may be gone within the week, but it doesn’t bother Dantonio. He was given the opportunity to coach Cincinnati when he was the defensive coordinator for Ohio State under Jim Tressel and understands the situation.

“I went through the same thing. How do I respond to that? I'd hate to lose Pat Narduzzi, but I'm in this and I didn't want (defensive lineman) Jerel Worthy to go to the NFL. That is the same type of thing. I didn't want Le'Veon (Bell) to leave or (Will) Gholston to leave. But when the opportunity comes and the opportunity is so good that you need to take it, then that's when you take it. But it's got to be the right opportunity, and Pat understands that and weighs those things out. I think he'll be a candidate on any position, any job, any head coaching job that comes available. I think he would be an extremely valuable candidate and very exciting candidate to talk to. I think he'll be an outstanding head football coach.”

Narduzzi is currently the favorite to land the UConn job and has been linked to Bowling Green, Miami-of-Ohio and Wake Forest, among others. The latter two have filled their vacancies.

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1/5/14   |   AlwaysSunshine   |   7452 respect

He is now also linked to the vacancy at Louisville.