Reports: MSU to hire former TAMU DC Snyder

Snyder worked with Dantonio at Ohio State in the early 2000s and is reported to be joining the Michigan State defensive staff

Earlier this week, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio indicated the opening left on his staff by the departure of Pat Narduzzi to Pitt would be filled sooner rather than later.

That appears to be the case as reports by and Sports Illustrated indicate former Texas A&M defensive coordinator Mark Snyder will join the Spartans staff. Michigan State has yet to officially announce the hire.

Prior to working at Texas A&M, Snyder was the head coach for five seasons at Marshall. It was his stop before Marshall where Snyder worked with Dantonio at Ohio State.

From 2001-03, Snyder coached linebackers on Dantonio’s defensive staff with the Buckeyes as the Buckeyes won the national title in 2002. Snyder took over as defensive coordinator in 2004 when Dantonio left to become head coach at Cincinnati.

The spot on the staff was opened up when Narduzzi left for the head coaching vacancy at Pittsburgh. Dantonio promoted defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett and linebackers coach Mike Tressel to co-defensive coordinators, while Barnett also took on the title of assistant head coach. Defensive line coach Ron Burton will be back for a third season as well.

On Monday, Dantonio also said the new coach would work with the “front seven” as well as coach special teams – one of Tressel’s duties.

Snyder was fired in November by Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin as the Aggies struggled during his three seasons. The Aggies ranked last total yards allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per game last season and second to last in passing yards allowed per game.

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