A week or so after the speculation first surfaced, Michigan State has officially filled the void at offensive coordinator.
In a release, the Spartans announced that Jim Bollman has indeed been hired as Mark Dantonio’s new coordinator. In addition to his coordinator duties, Bollman will also coach tight ends.
Bollman, who was just hired by Purdue in January, replaces Dan Roushar, who left East Lansing last month for a job with the New Orleans Saints.
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 was with the Buckeyes from 2001 through the 2011 season, at which point he was not retained by new OSU head coach Urban Meyer.
“This is the fourth time in my career that I’ve had an opportunity to work with Jim Bollman, so there’s definitely a comfort level there,” said Dantonio in a statement. “He has a tremendous amount of football knowledge, especially on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to serving as co-offensive coordinator, Jim will coach the tight ends, and he spent three years coaching that position in the NFL. He also has long-standing recruiting ties in Ohio. We’re excited about having Jim and his family back in the MSU community.
“Jim has been an offensive coordinator for 11 of the last 12 years. During his tenure in Columbus, Ohio State won six Big Ten Championships, a National Championship and played in two other BCS National Championship Games. He has performed under pressure at the highest level and on the biggest stage. With pressure comes experience, and Jim has been rock solid in those situations. He’s respected for his development as well as treatment of his players. He’s simply a ball coach.”
Additionally, Dantonio announced a restructuring of his staff as well. From the release:
Defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, the architect of the Big Ten’s top defense the past two seasons, has been promoted to assistant head coach. Narduzzi enters his seventh year as Michigan State’s defensive coordinator in 2013. …
Dave Warner, who coached the Spartan quarterbacks for the last six seasons, has been promoted to co-offensive coordinator, filling the position left by Dan Roushar, who recently was named running backs coach for the New Orleans Saints. In addition to his new role as co-offensive coordinator, Warner will now coach the running backs.
Brad Salem, who has been the running backs coach for the past three seasons and also serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator, will now coach the quarterbacks.
The school noted that Warner, not Bollman, will be the game-day play-caller. During Bollman’s time as Ohio State’s coordinator, Tressel called plays for the Buckeyes.