Andre Coleman

K-State officially adds former star WR to Snyder’s staff

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A week after it was reported that Kansas State was close to adding one of Bill Snyder‘s former players as an assistant, that move has officially come to fruition.

K-State confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Andre Coleman has been hired as Snyder’s wide receivers coach.  The hire fills the hole created by Michael Smith‘s departure for Arkansas last month.

Coleman had spent the past three years at FCS-level Youngstown State as receivers coach

“We are pleased to have Andre join our staff,” Snyder said in a statement. “As a successful ex-player from our program he has a strong understanding and belief in the philosophy and intrinsic values we believe in.  Having worked with Eric Wolford, also an ex-Kansas State player, Andre has experience coaching in a program with a very similar approach to ours.

“He is a caring person who works well with young men and fits in well with our coaching staff.”

Coleman played receiver at K-State in the early nineties — he was an All-American and All-Big Eight selection in 1993 — at the beginning of Snyder’s first run in Manhattan. He went on to a five-year career in the NFL that ended in 1998.

Following his pro playing career, his YSU bio reads, “Coleman moved to Atlanta, Ga., where he became active in residential and commercial real estate. He has also been involved in many successful business ventures and worked for New Era Sports Consultants, a company which provided representation to professional football players.”

His first coaching job at the collegiate level was with the Penguins in 2010.

(Photo credit: Youngstown State athletics)

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

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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.