The more I see this name even mentioned in regards to Michigan State’s vacant head coaching job, the angrier I get. I just know that if Michigan State had two months to do a national search for the right coach and had plenty of resources to land a top name and it settled on Pat Shurmur with no head coaching experience in college, fans would jump ship immediately.
OK, so no one is going to just stop being a Michigan State fan because of a coaching hire, but this would probably cause season ticket holders to decrease exponentially.
No, I don’t think Shurmur is a bad coach. I just don’t think he’s head coach material at a major Power Five program. He could be a solid assistant or even an analyst like he is currently at Colorado, but at the age of 58, he’s not going to just figure out how to be a great college head coach. This would have Herm Edwards 2.0 written all over it — ask Arizona State fans how that went.
I get the draw of Shurmur to Michigan State. He graduated from Michigan State after playing on the offensive line and then he spent time on the staff as a grad assistant. He got his coaching start in East Lansing and eventually became an NFL head coach.
Oh yeah, he was 19-46 as a head coach in the NFL.
I know, the NFL and college are completely different, but I just can’t see him coming in and having success despite never leading a team at this level.