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Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi will be the next head coach at Pitt, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The deal has yet to be finalized and is not expected not be announced until after Christmas. Barring any eleventh-hour breakdown, Narduzzi will be announced following the Christmas holiday.
Narduzzi is considered the top defensive coordinator in the country, and he received the 2013 Frank Broyles award for the nation’s top assistant coach. He has led the Spartans to a top 10 finish in the NCAA’s total defense statistics for each of the past four years. (Sports Illustrated)
Michigan State completed its run for the roses with a victory lap on Wednesday night, defeating Stanford 24-20.
The victory in the 100th Rose Bowl enabled the No. 4-ranked Spartans (13-1) to fulfill the promise Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio made at the conclusion of last season when he said, “You will be the ones” at the team banquet.
“Completion,” Dantonio said in the victory ceremony after the game. “This is a special time for all the Spartans. We found the inches.”
Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard was named this year’s Jim Thorpe Award winner, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive back in college football.
Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
The Spartans were The AP’s top-ranked team for two weeks during the 2000-01 season — the year after coach Tom Izzo helped the program win its second national title – and twice in the 1978-79 season when the Earvin ”Magic” Johnson-led team went on to claim the NCAA championship. (SI.com).
There have been a number of impact freshmen in the Big Ten this season.
Michigan State’s Gary Harris has been the brightest of that group.
Harris was honored as the Big Ten freshman of the year by the coaches and media Monday. He is the first Spartan to win the award.
“I think it’s a great honor for Gary, and a great honor for Michigan State University and our basketball program,” MSU coach Tom Izzo said. “I also think he’s vey well deserving of it. He’s a guy that’s played on both ends of the court. (That) kinda separates him from some of the other real good freshmen, which there are a lot of in this league this year.”
Harris was one of four Spartans to earn All-Big Ten honors. Junior big man Adreian Payne was named second team all-conference by the media and coaches, junior guard Keith Appling earned second team honors from the coaches and third team from the media and senior center Derrick Nix was an honorable mention selection by the coaches. (Lansing State Journal).