EAST LANSING, Mich. - Now that Butch Jones has taken the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee, the attention is turning to his vacant spot at the University of Cincinnati.
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi's name has been mentioned in reports as a possible candidate for the position.
Narduzzi coached under Mark Dantonio as Cincinnati's defensive coordinator from 2004-07 before both left for Michigan State. Narduzzi was a candidate for the job eventually given to Brian Kelly.
The Spartans defense has thrived under Narduzzi's six-year watch in East Lansing. Just last year, he was reportedly in talks with Akron for its head coaching job before turning it down. He also turned down an alleged pay raise from Texas A&M to become the Aggies defensive coordinator last year.
Michigan State is set to face TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on December 29.