It’s been a wild couple of weeks for Michigan State football fans as the coaching rumors and candidates lists are just stirring up all sorts of controversy.
Urban Meyer was the recent hot name being floated around Michigan State spaces and while it was shot down by Bruce Feldman, there are some local sources who swear by it that he’s a legitimate candidate who is willing to field offers.
While Meyer is a winner and would likely have success at Michigan State (not a great optics hire, though), these coaches would cause fans to revolt.
I don’t have a ton of bad things to say about Chris Creighton, but I know that if Michigan State settled on the Eastern Michigan head coach after talking about going after the biggest fish in the coaching game, there would be a massive revolt.
Creighton is the epitome of “working up the ladder” as he started his career coaching at Ottawa in the NAIA and then got a job in Division III with Wabash. He excelled at both places, going a combined 95-24 and then he was brought to Drake where he went 44-22 before getting hired at Eastern Michigan in 2014.
After a 3-21 start to his coaching tenure in Ypsilanti, he’s made five bowl games in the past seven years and just won his first one. He’s turned that program around in a big way.
Unfortunately, Eastern is just 2-3 to start the 2023 season and it’s hard to really sell a 48-64 all-time FBS record to Michigan State fans after the Mel Tucker era.