Nov 16, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Bo Pelini (left) talks to Michigan State Spartans assistant coach Pat Narduzzi during the pre-game warmups at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi turns down Connecticut job

One of the hottest names when it comes to head coaching candidates is Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.  Fresh off of the Spartans earning a bid to the Rose Bowl and winning the Broyles Award for the top assistant coach in the country, Narduzzi has turned down the head coaching job at the University of Connecticut, according to  They report that Narduzzi met with Connecticut athletic director Warde Manuel, but ultimately turned down the opportunity to become the next head coach of the Huskies.

The reasons why he ultimately turned down the UConn opening are unclear, but the fact he met with their athletic director would suggest he is interested in a head coaching job.  The question comes down to where he ultimately would like to go and what is the best fit.

It seems like a forgone conclusion that he will not be back in East Lansing next year, but it cannot be ruled out if he simply does not find the right job elsewhere and opts to stay another season.  There is a question as to whether or not his stock will be any higher than it is right now, however, and depending on how some of these big jobs get sorted out, his name could continue to come up with bigger and bigger schools looking to hire him.

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