Dantonio on hiring Jim Bollman

Michigan State replaced former offensive coordinator Dan Roushar with a seasoned coach, who is quite familiar with Mark Dantonio and Michigan State.

The Michigan State coaching staff had some turnover during the offseason, bringing on Jim Bollman and Ron Burton.

Bollman, who will serve as the tight ends coach and co-offensive coordinator, is no stranger to East Lansing or to head coach Mark Dantonio.

In fact, this is the fourth time they have been on a staff together.

"He brings a tremendous feeling of security in terms of knowing him as a person, knowing his credibility and his character, first of all, and then also knowing what he knows as a football coach," Dantonio said. "He's been an offensive coordinator at the highest level."

"He's coached tight ends in the NFL. I think he's a guy that brings new ideas and a new dimension. We needed a guy to offset with Ccach (Dan) Roushar leaving, leaving as an offensive line, tight end guy. We wanted to bring the same type of position coach in, and all of those things, and then just the credibility really as a person I think is so important."

Dantonio emphasized that Bollman has his full trust and that was integral part of the hire.

"(He has) been like a brother to me throughout my coaching career," Dantonio said. "I trust him explicitly to do the very best he can and I trust him with players in terms of how he treats players and what he gets out of the players."

Dantonio and Bollman won a national title together in 2002 at Ohio State.

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