It’s been a great past few days for Michigan State football.
Outside of some interesting transfer decisions from the likes of Sam Leavitt, Katin Houser, Spencer Brown, Ethan Boyd, and Kevin Wigenton, there has been nothing but good news surrounding the Spartans.
From Saturday afternoon until now, the excitement has been brought back.
The Spartans hired Jonathan Smith on Saturday and he immediately decided to bring his best assistant coaches with him. His offensive coordinator, offensive line, running backs, defensive backs, and tight ends coaches have followed him to East Lansing.
And he’s looking at potentially retaining some members of the recent Michigan State coaching staff. Harlon Barnett has been rumored to be retained, but another big name has emerged.
Courtney Hawkins likely to be back with Michigan State football
When the old staff was let go on Saturday morning following the 42-0 loss to Penn State, it felt like we had seen the last of guys like Barnett and Hawkins, but fans and players would have loved for both to be retained by the next head coach.
Well, it looks like fans and players are going to get their wish.
According to a report from SpartanMag, Hawkins is likely to be retained by Smith and be the new staff’s receivers coach.
Honestly, just a genius move.
Hawkins has developed receivers like Jayden Reed, Jalen Nailor, and Keon Coleman and he has some intriguing up-and-comers like Jaron Glover, Tyrell Henry, and Antonio Gates Jr. Oh yeah, and that Nick Marsh guy.
Another great move by Smith.