Saturday saw another change for Mark Dantonio’s Michigan State football program as offensive coordinator Dan Roushar accepted a position with the New Orleans Saints.
In a press release from Michigan State, Roushar talked about his new oppourtinites and how hard it was to leave the Spartans.
“The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people,” said Roushar. “New Orleans has won a Super Bowl, and over the last five years, the Saints have been one of the winningest organizations in the NFL.
I’ve had an opportunity to work for Mark Dantonio – in my opinion, the best college football coach in America – for the last eight years, including the last six seasons at Michigan State. Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, in Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. Now as a running backs coach, I have the chance to learn the interworking of the NFL.
“Michigan State is poised to have a tremendous year in 2013. I’ve been incredibly blessed to have worked alongside Coach Dantonio, a talented coaching staff and gifted players. The last six years at Michigan State have been quite rewarding: six-straight bowl appearances, back-to-back 11-wins seasons including a Big Ten Championship and a Legends Division title, and four-straight victories over Michigan.
It’s difficult to leave because it has been quite a ride, but professional opportunities like this are indeed rare. Coach Dantonio has built something special – it’s a program that pursues excellence in all aspects, not only on the field competing for championships, but also off the field in the classroom and in the community."
Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio had nothing but praise for his longtime assistant.
“Dan Roushar has been a loyal and dedicated assistant for the last eight years, including the past six seasons at Michigan State,” said Dantonio in a press release from Michigan State. “He’s a great teacher and a tireless recruiter. Dan certainly played a critical role in helping build a solid foundation here at Michigan State. We’re grateful for the effort and energy he’s invested in our program.
“He’s excited about being presented with the opportunity to coach the game at its highest level. We’re thrilled for Dan and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the NFL.”
Will Dantonio look to within the current staff for Roushar’s replacement as offensive coordinator?
There is no mistaking a couple of candidates are currently on the staff who understand the Spartans offensive system.