EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - It was Pat Narduzzi's defense that paved the way for Michigan State to reach the Rose Bowl - and because of that, nobody could be certain if the chatty defensive coordinator would actually end up coaching the game.
But for now, at least, Narduzzi remains with the fourth-ranked Spartans. It seems inevitable that someday he'll be a head coach, but Narduzzi wasn't about to leave for the first available opportunity. Not after what he and coach Mark Dantonio have built at Michigan State. The Spartans are No. 1 in the country in total defense - a distinction that helped Narduzzi win the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant. He withdrew from consideration for the Connecticut head coaching job earlier this month.