Pro: Competent coaches
Unlike the current Michigan State staff, Urban Meyer’s assistant coaches have gone on to have not only other Power Five coaching jobs, but Power Five head coaching jobs.
Some notable names that have coordinated under Meyer include Wisconsin head coach Luke Fickell, former Houston/Texas head coach (and my No. 2 option if MSU can’t get Meyer) Tom Herman (Diet Urban Meyer), Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel, and Utah head coach Kyle Wittingham, who has turned Utah into a perennial 10-win team.
Having other schools hire your coordinators is something Spartan fans are not used to, as Pat Narduzzi is the only coordinator that has gotten a Power Five head coaching job in the last million years.
Something else MSU hasn’t seen in a million years is an offense that can average over three points per game, and Meyer’s spread offense has been prolific since the days of Alex Smith and Utah. He has won with pro-style quarterbacks (Chris Leak and Cardale Jones), running quarterbacks (Alex Smith and Tim Tebow) and quarterbacks who went on to play wide receiver (Braxton Miller).
While no one is predicting Katin Houser or Sam Leavitt to win a Heisman any time soon, you can see the tools and potential that Meyer and his offense can unlock. I’m sure Meyer holds players accountable when they’re late or miss blocking assignments, something the players didn’t get this season.