Pat Narduzzi Says He’d Be Happy to Finish Career as MSU Defensive Coordinator
Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has become a hot commodity in the college football coaching world.
He's turned down several other jobs in recent years, some that offered more money and some that offered professional advancement.
In 2011, he turned down an offer to become Texas A&M's defensive coordinator. And as recently as December, Narduzzi interviewed for the head coaching job at UConn, then withdrew his name from consideration.
The reason, he says, is because, for him to leave MSU, the opportunity would have to be the perfect one. And Narduzzi has made plain that he'd like to stay at MSU for the remainder of his career, as he reiterated Friday on Mad Dog in the Morning.
"I could do my job [MSU defensive coordinator] for the rest of my life and be completely happy," Narduzzi said. "And when you turn down a head coaching job, you better have that in your mind, because there's not that many head coaching jobs out there and they're hard to get.
"I'm certainly happy doing what I'm doing. Do I have the desire to be a head coach? No doubt about it, but I just want to make sure that it's at the right place."
Narduzzi said he saw his father change coaching jobs and learned from that.
"I don't know if my dad did it at the right place," he said. "He left the University of Kentucky to be the head coach at Youngstown State, and felt like he was stuck there for a while and maybe not necessarily what he wanted to be in the end and was very loyal to that place and really didn't help himself out in the end.
"When you're working with good people, you don't need to rush out. The salary I've got--Coach Dantonio, Lou Anna (K. Simon) and Mark Hollis have taken care of me--makes it even hard to go out and take all those headaches."
Narduzzi also talked about the Spartans' spring football practice, how he plans to replace the outgoing stars on defense and more. Listen to the full interview below.