Ron Burton does U-turn at Michigan-Indiana border, will remain at Michigan State
It was reported Friday that new Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker would not retain any of Mark Dantonio‘s former assistants, a tough blow for those guys considering the offseason game of musical coaching chairs is closing down. Two of them have since retired.
Turns out Tucker is keeping one -- one that technically wasn’t part of the staff when that news leaked out.
After agreeing to join the Indiana staff, it’s now been reported that defensive line coach Ron Burton has had a change of heart and will instead remain in East Lansing.
The only question: where on I-69 do you think Burton changed his mind? Do we think he crossed the border or go all the way to, say, Clear Lake, Ind., before pulling a U-turn?
In all seriousness, the change of heart is a big win for Tucker. Burton is regarded as one of the best defensive line coaches in the business. From his bio:
Tucker pursued Kentucky assistant head coach/tight ends coach Vince Marrow but he ultimately opted to remain at UK, so Burton counts as Tucker’s first hire in green and white.