MSU Football: Coaching Staff Changes Tracker

The Michigan State Spartans officially introduced Mel Tucker as its 25th head coach last night, who was unanimously approved approved by the MSU Board of Trustees.

You can watch the full press conference below:

With the Mark Dantonio era over (arguably the greatest era in MSU football history), and the Tucker era set to begin, that means we can expect changes to the staff.

Tucker reportedly has an assistant coach salary pool of more than $6 million — that’s the second most in the Big Ten behind only Ohio State — so he should be able to garner a lot of interest from that. MSU also plans to put toward a “substantial increase” on the strength and conditioning program.

Who’s In?

Well, we don’t know who’s in just yet. This is a section that will be updated throughout the couple of weeks as Tucker fills out his staff. Tucker will be “thorough” with his search and said at his introductory press conference that he wants to bring in guys who are “coaches of tremendous character” and “role models.”

One target that Tucker is reportedly after is Vince Marrow, Kentucky’s associate head coach/ tight end coach/Recruiting Coordinator. Marrow is an Ohio native who is a top-notch recruiter, especially in the Midwest. MSU is reportedly offering Marrow enough money to make him to make him one of the highest paid non-coordinator assistants in the entire country (somewhere near $1 million annually). It also appears that Kentucky has counter-offered Marrow with at least an equivalent offer. Stay tuned.

Here is a link to the Colorado coaching staff who worked under Tucker. It’s a safe bet to assume that Tucker will be taking at least a few of his staff members with him to East Lansing, but no official word as of yet. Colorado has made Darrin Chiaverini — who served as the program’s assistant head coach/wide receivers coach in 2019. Jay Johnson was the offensive coordinator for the Buffaloes, while Tyson Summers held the defensive coordinator post.

Who’s Out?

We do have more information on this end. This section will also be updated as news filters in.

  • Terrence Samuel, wide receivers/assistant defensive backs coach: Samuel is set to become the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator at UNLV. He spent nine total seasons at Michigan State under Mark Dantonio. Samuel served as the wide receivers coach from 2011 until 2018, and then transitioned to assistant defensive backs coach under Paul Haynes in 2019 — a head-scratching move as Samuel appeared to be one of the few offensive coaches to actually get something out of his position group.
  • Ron Burton, defensive tackles/defensive line coach: Burton was reportedly hired to Tom Allen’s Indiana staff to work as the defensive line coach. Burton is a well-respected defensive line coach who joined MSU in 2013. After coaching the whole defensive line during his first four seasons in East Lansing, he switched to solely focusing on defensive tackles in 2017. Many MSU fans are sad to see him go.
  • Ken Mannie, head strength and conditioning coach: We mentioned that the new regime will be allocating more financial resources toward the strength and conditioning budget, which is a good thing since the athletic department will need to find a new head strength and conditioning coach. Ken Mannie, who led the program for 25 years, just announced his retirement. Congratulations on a great career, Coach Mannie! It’s clear all of the current and former Spartans truly admired him.
  • Shayne Graham, special teams analyst: According to MLive, there are no longer any records indicating Graham is employed by the university. He spent the past two seasons working as the team’s special teams analyst. He worked directly with special teams coordinator Mark Staten on day-to-day special teams operations last season. Graham also spent 15 years as a kicker in the NFL.

As mentioned this will be a living post and updated throughout (although, still be on the lookout for one-off stories regarding big coaching hires). Let me know in the comments section if I have missed anything!

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Ryan O’Bleness

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