The entire Michigan State football program is in flux. Mel Tucker clearly wasn’t the answer and the administration found a way out. Now that the slate is mostly wiped clean, the Spartans need a new head coach and could get one that will clean house.
One 11-2 season was completely forgotten in the disfunction of Tucker’s 5-7 2022 campaign, so the next head coach is well aware that there isn’t a lot of patience in East Lansing. They’ll need to win quickly and consistently. To do that, they may need to be active in the transfer portal.
On the other side, a lot of the players will be ready to leave after this year. Keon Coleman had the foresight to transfer last offseason and now he’s a superstar at Florida State. There will almost certainly be a few Spartans who follow his lead.
There is no NFL talent on this roster, so every departure will be to the portal. There could be a mass exodus, but at this point, I can say that these three Spartans probably won’t be back in East Lansing in 2024.
1. Noah Kim, junior
The answer at quarterback for Michigan State might not even be on the roster. Katin Houser is only completing 57.1% of his passes and averaging 5.8 yards per attempt, which is even worse than Kim’s numbers before the coaching staff made the switch.
Behind Houser is four-star freshman Sam Leavitt, and I could see a world where all three are on different teams next fall. However, it feels like a certainty that Kim will be gone after losing his job and losing the head coach that brought him in.
Kim will likely have to transfer down to a lower level of competition, but there are plenty of G5 teams that will be interested.