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Michigan State's offensive coordinator heads to the NFL

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Mark Dantonio needs to find a new offensive coordinator. (US Presswire)

Michigan State is in need of a new offensive coordinator. The school announced on Saturday that Dan Roushar has left Mark Dantonio's staff to become the running backs coach of the New Orleans Saints.

“The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people," said Roushar in a release. "New Orleans has won a Super Bowl, and over the last five years, the Saints have been one of the winningest organizations in the NFL. I've had an opportunity to work for Mark Dantonio -- in my opinion, the best college football coach in America -- for the last eight years, including the last six seasons at Michigan State. Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, in Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn't pass up. Now as a running backs coach, I have the chance to learn the interworking of the NFL."

Dantonio said he was "thrilled for Dan and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the NFL."

Roushar has been with Michigan State since 2007, starting as an offensive line coach before becoming offensive coordinator in 2011 after Don Treadwell left to become the head coach at Miami (Ohio).

While this might be good news for Roushar, it does leave Michigan State in a bit of a bind. Spring practice starts in just over a month and the Spartans are without an offensive coordinator. Combine that with the fact that both Le'Veon Bell and Dion Sims have left East Lansing, taking with them the majority of an offense that averaged only 20 points per game last season, and Michigan State is in a bit of a bind.

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