A Michigan State trustee may not have done any favors for the school’s football program on Tuesday morning, going on a local radio show to talk about the ongoing search, as the school looks to replace head coach Mark Dantonio.
Trustee Brian Mosallam joined the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket on Tuesday, just one day after Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell turned down the chance to coach at Michigan State. That makes several potential candidates who have separated themselves from the vacancy with the Spartans and forcing the search committee to move forward with the process.
Mosallam told the show the he, and the rest of “Spartan Nation,” isn’t interested in hiring a “waffling flake” to run the football program.
“Let me say this, by 9 p.m. last night, I personally had more information finally than the media did,” Mosallam said. “And let me be as diplomatic as possible here for Spartans everywhere — at the end of the day, we can’t force somebody to come here.
“You know, Spartan Nation should want somebody that wants to be here. We don’t want a waffling flake who views this as a destination job.”
Mosallam didn’t directly refer to Fickell as the “waffling flake,” but it sure seemed to be the shot he was taking in the interview. And it’s probably not the best look for a program that’s still looking to attract someone to coach the football team.
Michigan State is looking to replace Dantonio, who was the head coach in East Lansing for 13 seasons. He retired suddenly last Tuesday, putting the program in a bind with spring practice coming up and several candidates already off the market.
Other candidates Michigan State is expected to target are Central Michigan’s Jim McElwain, Eastern Michigan’s Chris Creighton and former Wisconsin and Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema.