With several high profile jobs open this season (Southern Cal, Texas) and others expected to be open within the next year, many schools and their fans become nervous about losing a successful coach if he doesn’t have an elite job.
Obviously, the folks at Vanderbilt have to be worried about James Franklin. Louisville has to sweat Charlie Strong rumors every year. Even a school like Michigan State has to worry if other teams come calling. This year, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio led the Spartans to a 12-1 record, defeated the then second-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big 10 Championship game and will take on the Stanford Cardinal in the Rose Bowl.
Despite that success, it doesn’t look like Dantonio is going anywhere.
“I see Michigan State as the destination, not a stop,” Dantonio said via ESPN.com. “It’s flattering, but that’s the way I see it.”
Dantonio got good news earlier Tuesday when a report surfaced that defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who reportedly turned down the Connecticut head coaching job, will remain with the Spartans.
Dantonio’s Spartans will take on the Cardinal at 5:00 pm EST on January 1.