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Rutgers loses defensive coordinator to the NFL


While an SEC school awaits word on whether it will lose its defensive coordinator to the NFL, a school from the Big East has officially learned they have indeed lost theirs to the pro ranks.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Thursday the hiring of five new assistant coaches, including Robb Smith as linebackers coach.  Smith had spent the past four seasons at Rutgers, including last year as defensive coordinator.

Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano, of course, left Rutgers last year for the NFL.

Second-year Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood is now on the hunt for two coordinators.  Last month, offensive coordinator Dave Brock was named as the head coach at Delaware.

As for potential replacements, the Newark Star-Ledger reports that Flood “is zeroing in on former Kansas State head coach Ron Prince as his new offensive coordinator.”  Dave Cohen, already on staff as linebackers coach, could be in line for a promotion to defensive coordinator, the paper added.

(Photo credit: Rutgers athletics)

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.