Mark Dantonio often attributes his early success at Michigan State to coaching continuity. Since his arrival in 2007, Dantonio has kept his staff fully intact, a rarity in today's college football.
But nothing lasts for ever, and for the first time at MSU, Dantonio must replace one of his top assistants.
Michigan State running backs coach Dan Enos has reportedly landed the head-coaching job at Central Michigan, where he's expected to be introduced Tuesday. Enos, a former Michigan State quarterback, looks like an excellent choice for the Chippewas, and a big loss for the Spartans.
He was the biggest reason for Michigan State's recent in-state recruiting surge. Enos served as Dantonio's lead recruiter in the Detroit area and helped to land top prospects like Edwin Baker, Larry Caper, Dion Sims and Keshawn Martin. He also coached star back Javon Ringer and helped Caper and Baker develop nicely this fall.
Michigan State certainly lost some momentum on the field this season, but the program must continue to be a major player in recruiting within the state. Expect Enos' replacement to have strong ties to the Detroit area and some of the top high school programs there.
Illinois defensive backs coach Curt Mallory also was a finalist for the Central Michigan job. Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart reports that Mallory, who recently was demoted from a co-defensive coordinator spot, likey will land at Akron as the Zips' new defensive coordinator.