Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio has retired, he announced on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Dantonio had been the head coach at MSU since 2007 with a 133-74 record. While there, he mentored current Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, who was Dantonio’s defensive coordinator from 2007-14. Narduzzi also worked as defensive coordinator under Dantonio at Cincinnati from 2004-06.
“My years in East Lansing were very, very meaningful to me,” Narduzzi said before coaching Pitt in the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit against Eastern Michigan in December. “I am where I am today because of East Lansing, Michigan State, and Mark Dantonio.”
Narduzzi was instantly speculated as a candidate to replace Dantonio by members of the national media.
With Mark Dantonio stepping down there are two really intriguing options for #MichiganState: #Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi who did a fantastic job as MSU’s DC and #Cincy head coach Luke Fickell. https://t.co/Hg0h9Irr5I
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 4, 2020
How many times can we say "Pat Narduzzi" "Luke Fickell" and "Michigan State" in the same sentence?
— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) February 4, 2020
Pat Narduzzi-to-Michigan State rumors will start <checks watch> right now, but truthfully Pitt is currently a better job than Michigan State (RIP my mentions for saying this) and it would be a weird time to make that move
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) February 4, 2020
Talking out loud here… Does Michigan State go after Pat Narduzzi or Luke Fickell? https://t.co/609ZTZsbSM
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) February 4, 2020
Narduzzi is expected to speak with the Pittsburgh media on Wednesday after signing two more players to the Class of 2020 on National Signing Day.
He is under contract with Pitt through the 2024 season as part of a seven-year extension to his original contract, which was signed in 2014.