Star Coach Rejects Michigan State
A star coach rejected Michigan State on Wednesday.
The Spartans are in the market for a new head coach. One day earlier, on Tuesday, Mark Dantonio announced his abrupt retirement.
While Michigan State and Dantonio going their separate ways was not particularly surprising, the timing was.
There are currently a lot of rumors attempting to explain it. Everything from looming NCAA investigations to financial incentives have been cited. At the moment, nothing has been confirmed.
What has been confirmed is that Michigan State needs someone to fill the void.
One name that had been thrown around over the last 24 hours was Iowa State coach Matt Campbell.
Campbell took Iowa State from a 3-9 program in 2016 to 8-5 just one year later. In his time with the Cyclones, Campbell is 26-25 with an 18-18 in-conference record.
Prior to taking over at Iowa State, Campbell also won consecutive division titles at Toledo.
In 2015, he led the team to a 10-2 mark. For his tenure with the Rockets, he recorded a 36-15 record with a 24-8 in-conference record.
It is easy to see why the Spartans would be interested.
Unfortunately, the interest does not appear to be mutual.
“Iowa State coach Matt Campbell quickly rebuffed a Michigan State overture on Tuesday after longtime Spartans coach Mark Dantonio resigned,” according to the Des Moines Register.
“The source said Campbell made it clear he had no interest in the opening, which unexpectedly came open after Dantonio stepped down amid allegations by his former recruiting coordinator that he committed NCAA recruiting violations,” the report continued.
It remains to be seen who the Spartans will ultimately replace Dantonio with. But it is pretty clear that Campbell will not be that guy.