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Mike Tressel, who had served as Michigan State's co-defensive coordinator, now holds the job alone, the school announced Friday. Tressel had shared the role with Harlon Barnett, who left for Florida State.

Veteran assistant Tressel named Spartans’ DC

Jan 19, 2018

  • Associated Press

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State has announced that Mike Tressel will be the team’s defensive coordinator after Harlon Barnett’s departure to Florida State.

Tressel had been a co-defensive coordinator for the Spartans with Barnett. Michigan State also announced Friday that former Kent State coach Paul Haynes has been hired as the Spartans’ secondary coach.

Tressel, the nephew of former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, has been on the staff for Mark Dantonio’s whole 11-year tenure as Michigan State’s coach.

Haynes was fired in November after five seasons as Kent State’s coach. He coached defensive backs at Michigan State in 2003 and 2004 before spending seven seasons on the defensive staff at Ohio State.

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