Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 3/4/13

CHAMPAIGN, IL - OCTOBER 10: Head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans argues with a referee during a game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 10, 2009 at Memorial Stadium at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Illinois 24-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
On Monday, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio officially announced the hiring of new co-offensive coordinator Jim Bollman. It will be Bollman’s second stint on the Michigan State coaching staff, returning to East Lansing 16 years after he spent three seasons under Nick Saban as an offensive line coach from 1995-1997. After those three years at Michigan State, Bollman spent three more in the NFL from 1998-2000 before returning to the college ranks in 2001 at Ohio State. There he spent 11 years as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach of the Buckeyes, directing an offense that went to three national championships during his tenure there, including the 2002 National Championship victory over Miami(FL), coaching alongside Dantonio, who was the defensive coordinator for Ohio State at the time.   Bollman makes the move to the Spartans after spending last year as offensive line/running game coordinator at Boston College.(Photo Courtesy– buckeyextra.dispatch.com) “This is the fourth time in my career that I’ve had an opportunity to work with Jim Bollman, so there’s definitely a comfort level there,” Dantonio said. “He has a tremendous amount of football knowledge, especially on the offensive side of the ball. In addition to serving as co-offensive coordinator, Jim will coach the tight ends, and he spent three years coaching that position in the NFL. He also has long-standing recruiting ties in Ohio. We’re excited about having Jim and his family back in the MSU community.” In addition to the hiring of Jim Bollman, Dantonio also announced several other coaching changes within in the Michigan State coaching staff on Monday, including naming defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi assistant head coach as well. “No one has officially held that position before on my staff, but in Pat Narduzzi’s case, it’s certainly warranted,” Dantonio said. “When I’m not in the office, Pat takes control of the day-to-day operation. He’s held those duties for the last two years, but without the formal title.” But the coaching changes didn’t stop there as former quarterbacks coach Dave Warner will join Bollman as the other co-offensive coordinator of the Spartans and former running backs coach Brad Salem takes over as quarterbacks coach and leaves the running backs to Warner. While it is unclear whether Warner or Bollman will call the majority of the plays, it certainly is an interesting shake up for the Michigan State football program, who made the moves after former offensive coordinator Dan Roushar bolted for the NFL to become running backs coach for the New Orleans Saints. “We might simplify some things, yet become more diversified as an offense,” Dantonio said. “Throughout the spring, things will be added and subtracted from the offense. Changes aren’t being made for the sake of change; changes are being made with a purpose.”   Follow Ryan Squanda on twitter @squandarunner
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brian Kelly: Kizer made right call on 2-point play

Jim Mora calls UCLA's upcoming schedule 'a complete injustice'

Tommy Tuberville returned to Auburn, lined up at Tiger Walk

WATCH: Arizona State pushes pile 20 yards on TD run

Jim McElwain still won't name Will Grier Florida's starter

Steve Smith has microfractures in back, out for Week 5


Cowboys want Brandon Weeden to attempt longer passes

Nebraska captain tells crowd 'I'm sorry we suck'

Report: Dolphins could fire some coaches if team loses to Jets

Georgia fans get #FireRicht trending on Twitter

Mark Fox paints body, wears shoulder spikes in student section

WATCH: Nick Chubb ties Herschel Walker's record

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

WATCH: Dabo Swinney interview awkwardly cut off

Ohio St. LB Darron Lee has message for fans after close win

WATCH: Swedish league player unties opponent's skates

Max Scherzer throws second no-hitter of the season

Ezekiel Elliott jokes he owes his OL a steak dinner

Mike Riley explains questionable pass play on third down

Torey Lovullo would be 'honored' by managerial offers

WATCH: Ohio State stops Indiana on 4th down to win game

McIlroy: Spieth, Day have made me hungry again

Jacob Coker Hits Calvin Ridley For 50-Yard TD

Sideline reporter stunned by Bama's 'new technology'

There is reason for cautious optimism with the Raiders

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Time for Neymar's Barcelona

Seth Rollins, WWE depth, Divas and winning

Madison Keys and the future of women’s tennis

Most underrated games in NFL Week 4

What to watch in CFB Week 5

Starter strategies for final, tie-breaker and wild card games

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker