Mark Dantonio Replacements: Top 10 Candidates For The Next Michigan State Football Head Coach In 2020 (If He Retires)

Mark Dantonio has done a great job as Michigan State Football head coach, but things have regressed for the Spartans. While Dantonio likely won’t be fired, he could “retire” from MSU Football, despite his recent comments saying he'll return to Sparty. So who are the top candidates to replace Mark Dantonio as the Spartans head coach if that happens? We’ve got the top Michigan State targets and some realistic options. 

There are some big names Michigan State could hire, like P.J. Fleck, but is the Michigan State job good enough to merit that type of name? Would the top coach candidates want the Michigan State job, knowing there is some money issues with the program? 

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Proven coaches should be high on Michigan State’ head coach candidate list and there are several who make sense. They are at smaller schools, but EMU’s Chris Creighton and Army’s Jeff Monken have done solid work. Pat Narduzzi has ties to Michigan State as well. And the last time MSU hired a Cincinnati head coach, things worked out well. So why not try again with Luke Fickell? 

Here’s the full Top 5 Candidates List:
5. Chris Creighton (HC, EMU) 
4. Jeff Monken (HC, ARMY) 
2. Pat Narduzzi (HC, PITT) 
1. Luke Fickell (HC, UC)

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