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Reports: Michigan State tabs Bollman as new OC

Mitik AP

Just a few days after losing its offensive coordinator to the NFL, Michigan State has reportedly found a replacement.  And, if the rumored move comes to fruition, it will likely elicit chuckles — and defensive coordinator fist pumps — across the B1G landscape.

Both and tweeted Wednesday morning that Jim Bollman has been hired as the Spartans’ new coordinator.  Bollman would come to East Lansing from Purdue and would replace Dan Roushar, who left the Spartans earlier this month to coach running backs with the New Orleans Saints.

Bollman was hired by the Boilermakers just a little over a month ago as offensive line coach.

The school has declined to comment on the reports, although an official announcement could be forthcoming as early as today.

While at one point it was thought the program would stay in-house for Roushar’s replacement, the connection between Bollman and MSU head coach Mark Dantonio makes such a hire “sensible” on at least a personal level.  Both coaches were on Nick Saban‘s Michigan State staff (1995-97 for Bollman) and on Jim Tressel‘s Ohio State staff (2001-2003 for Dantonio).

Bollman served as Tressel’s offensive coordinator even as The Vest retained play-calling duties.  After Tressel’s unceremonious dismissal in May of 2011, Bollman retained his coordinator title and added play-calling responsibility under interim head coach Luke Fickell.  Suffice to say, that experiment was the subject of much scrutiny and scorn.

Not retained by new head coach Urban Meyer, Bollman spent the 2012 season as Boston College’s line coach.

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10 Responses to “Reports: Michigan State tabs Bollman as new OC”
  1. cbass59 says: Feb 27, 2013 12:04 PM

    Purdue fans just breathed a collective sigh of relief. No matter who you hire, the offense will be more exciting, more unpredictable, and your offensive lineman have a chance at developing over their 4 years.

    I guess I can cross off MSU as a threat to OSU for the next several years.

  2. palmbeachbuckeye says: Feb 27, 2013 12:24 PM

    Dear MSU fans: You have my deepest sympathies. Bollman is a lazy coach who misused more talent than any coach in the history of Division 1 football. His offensive lines regressed each year, his offense was as predictable, and his personnel decisions were horrendous. Any coach who, after evaluations makes Joe Bauserman a starting QB over Braxton Miller or Kenny Guiton does not deserve to walk a sideline. Bollman is a guy who is very good at being a “yes sir” kind of guy but also has no creativity, emotion, or the ability to instill either in his players. Bollman took the job at Boston college, and BC was dead last in the Conference in offense and rushing and the Head Coach was fired…. Good luck Dantonio and East Lansing.

  3. ajgreenshands says: Feb 27, 2013 2:15 PM

    Yeah, what they said… ALL Buckeye fans, with the exception of Bollman’s family, were thrilled to see him go. Also, the photo is hilarious.

  4. kiopta1 says: Feb 27, 2013 3:26 PM

    Actual photo?

  5. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 27, 2013 3:56 PM

    Great opening paragraph! The hire defies logic.

  6. skinnypigeon says: Feb 27, 2013 6:50 PM

    Why the picture of Mike Holmgren?

  7. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Feb 27, 2013 8:24 PM

    MSU better have a really good defense to make up for the lack of offense they will have with Bollman as their OC. Bollman’s play book consists of 3 plays. Run through the left line, try it again and then throw a long pass and hope for the best. I hate to say this Sparty, but MSU won’t be a contender in the B1G for a long time.

  8. John Taylor says: Feb 27, 2013 8:25 PM

    “Why the picture of Mike Holmgren?”


    Welcome back, sir. You have been sorely missed.

  9. dkhhuey says: Feb 27, 2013 9:14 PM

    John – I know full well you’re still laughing about this hire!

    I can honestly say this has to be the worst hire for MSU and the best hire for the rest of the B1G. I’d ramble on about how f@#$ing horrible he was but palmbeachbuckeye slammed the nail firmly on the head with his/her description.

    In the walrus’s defense, the reason he chose to start Overthrow Joe B over Braxton/Guiton was because he had no idea how develop an offensive game plan around a non pocket passer.

  10. John Taylor says: Feb 27, 2013 10:23 PM

    “John – I know full well you’re still laughing about this hire!”

    I will neither confirm nor deny that statement.

    “In the walrus’s defense, the reason he chose to start Overthrow Joe B over Braxton/Guiton was because he had no idea how develop an offensive game plan around a non pocket passer.”

    ^^^ this ^^^

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