Possibilites for RB Coaching Opening

Michigan State lost a solid assistant coach and recruiter when it lost Dan Enos to Central Michigan today. GSN wishes Enos well in his new job at CMU but wonders, who will take over for Enos and try to fill his considerable shoes in the recruiting battles? We offer up five candidates who could do the job well. GET INside to find out who they are.

Michigan State lost a powerful recruiter and a classy coach when Dan Enos was named head football coach at Central Michigan University today.

The only thing bad about the hiring is the timing. Had Enos gotten the job a few weeks earlier, Michigan State might have had a shot to return Reggie Mitchell, who was a dynamic recruiter for the Spartans but Mitchell just inked a deal with Kansas to serve as lead recruiter for new head coach Turner Gill.

Former Spartans running back Sedrick Irvin, who has been working as a recruiting intern for Alabama, also might have been a good choice as the running backs coach and recruiter, but Irvin just signed a contract to join the staff at Memphis.

Here are some candidates who might be a good fit for Michigan State:

Tim Spencer, Chicago Bears running backs coach.
Spencer coached with Dantonio on the staff of Jim Tressel when the Buckeyes won the National Championship in the Fiesta Bowl over Miami. Dantonio moved on to Cincinnati and Spencer has spent the last four years with the Chicago Bears, but the connection and the shaky nature of Bears coach Lovie Smith could have Spencer ready to make a move.

Mark Snyder, former Marshall head coach.
Snyder recently interviewed at Michigan for the vacant linebackers coach job, but would likely feel much more at home with Dantonio. He and Dantonio worked together on the staff of Jim Tressel before they parted ways when Dantonio went to Cincinnati. Snyder was fired after posting a 22-37 record at Marshall. He's a native of South Point,Ohio and his ties to the area and his ability to recruit make him a solid candidate.

Pat Perles, offensive line coach, Ball State
Perles, son of former Michigan State head coach George Perles knows the lie of the land in East Lansing and after six years at North Dakota, a stint in Toledo and a year at Ball State, he would likely love to get back to East Lansing, would be a good soldier and do his best to make his mark as a recruiter as he tries to move his career upward.

Eric Lewis, defensive backs coach, Eastern Michigan
Lewis, was the defensive backs coach at Louisville and is the son of former Michigan State all-time great Sherman Lewis. Lewis is said to have solid recruiting connections in California, a hotbed of talent that Michigan State hasn't been able to mine. A longshot for sure, but with the Eastern coming off an 0-12 season and little talent on the horizon, Lewis would likely welcome a jump off that sinking ship.

Lorenzo Guess, assistant strength and conditioning coach, Notre Dame.
Guess, a former MSU player, was just named to this position joining his former coach Brian Kelly where he did a year as tight ends coach at Cincinnati. The Inkster native knows the fertile Detroit area recruiting grounds including his alma mater which is producing Division I talent, but not sending it to East Lansing. Guess would get a chance to spread his wings by both coaching and getting after talent. He's a perfect fit for this job and GSN's top pick.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list of candidates, GSN believes that any of these three could make a solid transition to East Lansing and assist the staff in making solid gains in recruiting, a vital task for a new assistant. What's your take? Add your voice in the MSU Sports Talk for MSU fans board.


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