At the end of last week, Joe Judge put the finishing touches on his 20-man coaching staff. The rookie head coach may need to make a change because one of his defense assistants could be headed back to college.
Bret Bielema, who was hired by Judge as coach of the Giants Outside Linebackers and Senior Defensive Assistant, has a long history in the Big Ten and as a coach. This could be a draw for him to return to this prestigious conference as there is a headback. Coaching opening in Michigan State.
According to the Detroit Free Press, 50-year-old Bielema has “definite interest”. The Michigan State Job opened last Tuesday when Mark Dantonio retired after 13 seasons as the head coach of the Spartans.
The search for a replacement began with Luke Fickell, who remains in Cincinnati.
Bielema played in Iowa and played in Wisconsin 68-24 in seven seasons, leading the Badgers to three direct Big Ten titles. In his five years in Arkansas, he was less successful (29-34).
"I think Bret brings great personality to the group, brings great perspective on how he sees the game," said Judge. "He's been training at the top for a while and coordinating the defenses at a high level. The players are positive about Bret. He has a great way of teaching, he has a great way of motivating the boys, and he gets the most out of his He brings with him experience from the NFL and college, so not only does he understand what's going on in the league now, he also understands what college players are used to and how they see the trends they will see, can translate better. "
The judge replaced Pat Shurmur, who was released two years after his five-year contract. Shurmur, who was hired as an offensive coordinator for the Broncos, played in Michigan state and is also considered a candidate for the opening of the Spartans.