Paul Finebaum Bashes Michigan State Over Coaching Search
Paul Finebaum bashed Michigan State overs its coaching search this week.
Mark Dantonio abruptly retired from college football last week. Given that he had been with the program since 2007, the move was somewhat shocking.
In addition to the abrupt nature of the retirement, the timing was already really bad.
By doing the deed in February, Dantonio ensured that he would get a payout that was owed to him in January, all the while preventing the Spartans from recruiting the top-tier coaching candidate that were available at the end of the college football season.
Recently, Michigan State was linked to Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and Colorado head coach Mel Tucker. The former even went so far as to reportedly interview with the program.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, both ultimately decided that the vacant position was not for them.
Now Michigan State has reportedly set its sights on former Wisconsin and Arkansas head football coach, and current New York Giants defensive line coach Bret Bielema. The interest appears to be mutual.
One party who is not a fan of this match, however, is ESPN college football insider Finebaum.
“The newest name to surface is Bret Bielema,” Finebaum said.
“Remember the guy that used to be at Wisconsin? And Arkansas? I think he was a disaster at Arkansas. He was stubborn. He made countless mistakes. And putting him in that situation I think excites absolutely nobody.”
The problem for Michigan State right now is that beggars cannot be choosers.
Obviously Bielema is a less than ideal candidate, but the pickings out there are mighty slim.
If Spartans do not ultimately hire Bielema, then they will likely end up simply promoting one of Dantonio’s inept assistants. And if anyone needs a closer idea of what a team run by one of those guys would look like, just review how Michigan State has played over the past couple of years and you will have your answer.