Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Spartans maintain continuity with Roushar
By Adam Rittenberg
Staff continuity has been a hallmark of Mark Dantonio's success at Michigan State.
Dantonio has lost only two assistants during his MSU tenure, and both men (Dan Enos and Don Treadwell) have gone on to head-coaching positions. When it came time to replace Treadwell, the team's offensive coordinator who recently left for the top job at Miami (Ohio), you heard practically no buzz about possible replacements.
That's because Dantonio, not surprisingly, looked to within his staff for a replacement. Michigan State on Tuesday announced that offensive line coach Dan Roushar has been promoted to offensive coordinator.
Roushar, the Spartans' O-line coach for the past four seasons, has served as an offensive coordinator at four schools: Illinois (2004), Northern Illinois (1998-2002), Ball State (1994) and Butler (1989-92).
"He's done this at the Big Ten level," Dantonio said in a video posted on the team's website. "He's coached a multitude of positions: he's coached the offensive line, the tight ends, the quarterbacks, the running backs, so he's got an overall great sense of what we're trying to do. He's very well organized and I think there will continue to be good chemistry in that room, which is important."
Maintaining chemistry, continuity and familiarity with the offensive scheme and the personnel was paramount for Dantonio in finding a replacement.
"Knowing the kids, we've all got a real good idea of who they are, what they do very well and what they need to work on," Roushar said. "So it's going to move us forward quickly."
UPDATE: Mark Staten will take over as Spartans' offensive line coach, while running backs coach Brad Salem becomes the team's recruiting coordinator. Roushar will work with the tight ends, a group Staten previously managed. Michigan State will search for a new assistant to work with the wide receivers, a group Treadwell oversaw.
Michigan State's offense made some strides in 2010, ranking fourth in the league in scoring and third in passing. It'll be important for Roushar to get the run game going as the Spartans' rushing production dropped off during Big Ten play.
I like the hire. Michigan State might have wanted a bigger name, but it's hard to argue with experience and continuity, two qualities Roushar brings to the table.