Cleveland head coach Romeo Crennel confirmed for the first time that Todd Grantham is one of the coaches under consideration for the Michigan State head coaching job and that defensive backs coach Mel Tucker could join him as his defensive coordinator in East Lansing if Grantham gets the job.
Tucker also coached at MSU with Grantham under Nick Saban.
"Todd's name has been thrown around in the Michigan State situation," Crennel told the media at his Monday press conference. "It's not on me to say whether or not they've contacted him. It's their job. If they want to make an announcement, I'll let them do it."
Crennel gave MSU his blessing to talk to Grantham about their opening. Grantham was the Spartans defensive line coach beginning in 1996 and rose to assistant head coach in 1998.
Former Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci took himself out of consideration late last week, while LSU's Bo Pelini appears to be more of a candidate for the Iowa State job than the Michigan State post.