Bruce Feldman names MSU job among 'most attractive,' names top candidates
Bruce Feldman is a national college football insider for FOX, and he believes the Michigan State head coaching job will be one of the best in the country to open this season. While other openings are bound to be added to the coaching carousel this fall, the Spartans are the first major program looking for a head coach in 2023.
During Saturday’s “Big Noon Kickoff” broadcast, Feldman touched on the desirability of the MSU job and what the program is looking for.
“This figures to be one of the most attractive jobs that will come open on the market this year,” said Feldman. “This is a program that has had 3 top-10 finishes in the last 9 years, and, as a Big Ten school, has a ton of money coming in, especially with that new deal they just did. It will likely tempt some really well-regarded Power 5 guys.”
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The first coach Feldman expects to be on MSU’s shortlist is Duke’s Mike Elko. He’s a coach Feldman believes will be on many radars this cycle.
“He has done an incredible job in Durham… The 45-year-old from New Jersey is one of the guys I expect to be one of the hottest names on the coaching market this year,” explained Feldman.
Other current head coaches to watch are Kansas’ Lance Leipold and Kansas State’s Chris Klieman, per Feldman. Head coaching experience is at the top of the Spartan wishlist, but Feldman pointed to one current coordinator to watch in the process.
“I’m told Michigan State would really want a guy with head coaching experience, but one assistant I’m told to not rule out is Colorado’s Sean Lewis, the offensive coordinator,” Feldman revealed. “Brilliant offensive mind, done really well with the Buffs. He also has head coaching experience at Kent State. He led them to their only bowl win.”
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