Mel Tucker seems to be about to lose his first assistant coach — one of many key bridges from the Mark Dantonio period.
Mike Tressel, a former Michigan State football defensive coordinator who coached safeties this season in Tucker’s first 12 months, reportedly will turn out to be the brand new defensive coordinator at Cincinnati, Yahoo! Sports reported on Monday.
A message with MSU was not instantly returned.
Tressel’s wage in 2020 was $667,385, the identical he made as Dantonio’s highest-paid assistant whereas serving as defensive coordinator in 2019.
There’s quite a lot of intrigue with Tressel leaving East Lansing after 14 seasons and becoming a member of Cincinnati, reuniting in a spot and with a head coach with whom he’s acquainted.
Tressel adopted Dantonio from Ohio State to Cincinnati as linebackers and particular groups coach for the Bearcats from 2004-06. The 47-year-old Tressel was a graduate assistant linebackers coach with the Buckeyes from 2002-03.
Sources: Cincinnati is predicted to rent Mike Tressel as the varsity’s subsequent defensive coordinator. He is a longtime Michigan State assistant and the varsity’s former DC underneath Mark Dantonio. Luke Fickell and Tressel have been on employees at Ohio State collectively within the early 2000s.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) January 18, 2021
When Dantonio moved to MSU, Tressel once more adopted him as linebackers/particular groups coach earlier than being named co-defensive coordinator with Harlon Barnett in 2015 after Pat Narduzzi took the highest job at Pitt. Tressel and Barnett helped information the Spartans to the Faculty Soccer Playoff in 2015, then put them among the many high protection within the nation once more in 2017.
Tressel took over as sole defensive coordinator in 2018 when Barnett left for a similar place at Florida State. MSU ranked No. 1 within the nation in run protection that season at 77.9 yards allowed per sport and among the many high 10 in quite a lot of different classes.
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Tucker stored Tressel on his employees however demoted him from coordinator, bringing in Scottie Hazelton from Kansas State to run his protection. Barnett returned final season as cornerbacks coach. The Spartans ranked 72nd in move protection within the Soccer Bowl Subdivision in 2020 at 239.four yards per sport however allowed simply eight TD passes in seven video games.
At Cincinnati, Tressel will rejoin head coach Luke Fickell, who was a finalist for the MSU job final February. The 2 labored collectively underneath Dantonio at Ohio State, the place Fickell was particular groups coach in 2002-03 earlier than rising up the ranks underneath Tressel’s uncle, Jim Tressel.
This text initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State football’s Mike Tressel going to Cincinnati