Looking for a head coach who is slightly above average and whose recruiting is well below average for the Power Five level? Look no further than Pat Narduzzi.
The Pitt head coach and former Michigan State defensive coordinator has been mentioned plenty in regards to the Spartans’ coaching vacancy, for whatever reason. It would be a horrible hire. Plus, Narduzzi shut down any interest in the job a few years ago after Mark Dantonio retired. He doesn’t want to be here again.
And Michigan State fans shouldn’t want him as head coach.
Like Tressel, I’ll always respect Narduzzi for what he did in East Lansing. He was one of the best defensive coordinators in school history and his success led to his head coaching job at Pitt. With the Panthers, he’s 63-43 and has seemingly resurrected a dying program. But he’s winning 5-8 games in a weak ACC and he’s won more than eight games just twice in eight years.
At Michigan State, the expectations are much higher. He wouldn’t last long as a head coach here if he went 7-5 every year and won some meaningless bowl game.
Plus, it’d be hard to buy into fringe top-60 recruiting classes.
This hire would not be it.