Longtime Michigan State assistant Ron Burton has changed his mind and will be staying in East Lansing after all. The news was reported on Saturday morning.
Burton, who just completed his seventh season on the Michigan State staff, was reportedly joining the Indiana staff as the defensive line/tackles coach for the 2020 season. That announcement came shortly after Mel Tucker was introduced as the next head coach of the Spartans.
However, according to multiple reports on Saturday morning, Burton had a change of heart and will continue his run on the Michigan State staff under Tucker. Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star was able to confirm the news.
Can confirm this. Ron Burton had a change of heart. He will he staying at Michigan State after all. IU’s search for a defensive line coach restarts. https://t.co/xoytziCugX
— Zach Osterman (@ZachOsterman) February 15, 2020
Burton has been the defensive tackles coach at Michigan State since 2013, and has plenty of success in that role. Burton’s unit has been a major part of Michigan State’s defensive success. The Spartans have been regarded as one of the best teams at stopping the run in the B1G over the years, and led the conference in scoring defense in 2013 and 2018.
Last season, Michigan State’s run defense ranked fifth in the B1G.
Burton is also responsible for aiding in the development of NFL Draft selections Shilique Calhoun and Malik McDowell. There’s also a good chance Raequan Williams hears his name called in late April this year.
It’s a huge victory for Tucker, who must work quickly to assemble his staff at MSU.