(EAST LANSING, MI)-- Michigan State named former Cal St. Northridge and San Jose State head coach Dave Baldwin as its offensive coordinator. Baldwin comes to MSU after being part of a coaching staff that was broomed following a 3-9 record. Baldwin's offense ranked 6th in the Big 12 averaging 231.5 yards per contest and only 16.8 points per game.
That's not exactly the prolific spread offense that MSU fans are looking for but new head coach John L. Smith says not to worry. "Dave Baldwin brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our coaching staff,'' Smith said. "Thanks to his background with Jack Elway and Dennis Erickson, he knows how to spread the field and throw the football.
Smith believes that with the talent that MSU has in quarterbacks Jeff Smoker, Drew Stanton and Damon Dowdell and receivers like Matt Trannon, B.J. Lovett and Ziehl Kavanaght that his offensive system will have much more success than he did at talent-poor Baylor.
"It's a privilege to coach in the Big Ten, where football means everything,'' Baldwin said. "Teams play before a packed house every weekend in this league. I love the physical style of play in the Big Ten, because it's second to none. I'm in heaven coaching here at Michigan State.''
Forgive point-starved MSU fans if they reserve judgement on Baldwin. Under Bobby Williams last season the Spartans averaged over 26 points per game. One of the things about that John L. Smith's program was supposed to be his ability to spread the field and score points in bunches. Louisville averaged 30 points a game under Smith last season but offensive coordinator John Pettas elected to stay at Louisville rather than join Smith's staff at MSU.
Smith needs only to name a tight end coach and support coaches to complete his staff.