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Dantonio Shuffles MSU Coaching Staff; Salem New OC, Warner Moves To QBs Coach

Is this the shakeup MSU's offense needed?

January 10, 2019 - 6:01 pm

EAST LANSING, Mich. (97.1 The Ticket) -- The Michigan State football coaching staff will have a new look next season, as head coach Mark Dantonio announced a shakeup to his staff in an attempt to move on from a brutal season offensively.

Dave Warner and Jim Bollman, the team's co-offensive coordinators will slide over to new roles, making room for Brad Salem to become the new OC.

Salem has been with the Spartans since 2010 and was the QBs coach the last six seasons. Before coming to East Lansing, Salem was the head coach at D-II Augustana University in South Dakota. He also served as MSU's recruiting director for several seasons.

Salem will also be in charge of coaching the running backs, a position he held with the team from 2010-12, when Le'Veon Bell and Edwin Baker were in the Spartans' backfield.

Warner and Bollman received much criticism as the offensive coordinators this past season, as the Spartan offense struggled to score touchdowns and the team finished with a 7-6 record in 2018.

Warner will become the quarterbacks coach, while Bollman will handle the offensive line. Mark Staten will move from offensive line coach to being in charge of tight ends and special teams.

Salem has had multiple offers to be come an offensive coordinator at the FBS level over the last several seasons, according to Dantonio, and he feels now is the proper time to make him the Spartans' OC.

Dantonio said he feels sticking with coaches that he trusts and his players are already comfortable with will be an easier transition than bringing someone in from the outside.

"Obviously, we were not productive on that side of the ball, nowhere near where we need to be," he said.

"It would be very hard for me to find an offensive coordinator from the outside and say 'here’s the keys to the car I’ve been driving for 12 years,'" Dantonio said. "I would be irate if it didn’t work then."

Dantonio also addressed the decisions of Kenny Willekes, Joe Bachie, Raequann Williams and other defensive players to return for their senior seasons next year.

Entering his 13th season next fall, Dantonio dismissed the idea of bringing in a transfer quarterback, likely opting to stick with Brian Lewerke as the team's starter. Dantonio also said Lewerke will not require offseason surgery on a right shoulder injury that hampered him for much of the season.