Michigan State assistant Dan Roushar explained to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg why he was promoted from offensive line coach to offensive coordinator.
Roushar explained, “Always in coaching, when you work for a guy like coach Dantonio, each and every year he asks what your goals are and I always aspire to have as much responsibility as I can. With the timing aspect of Treddy leaving and things are going pretty good, he wanted to stay within philosophies, so we talked about it and he talked with everybody on the staff. We had some strong candidates, and he made the decision to go in this direction.”
Roushar admitted his philosophy will be pretty similar to that of former offensive coordinator Don Treadwell, who left to become the head coach at Miami (OH).
Roushar said, “When I look back on last year, there were moments when we were able to do both (run & pass) of those things when required, and yet we got whipped in Iowa City and we got whipped in the bowl game. We understand we've got an awful long way to go.”
During his career, Roushar has coach at Butler University (1989-1992), Rhode Island (1993), Ball State (1994), Illinois (1995-1996), Northern Illinois (1997-2002), Illinois (2003-2004), Cincinnati (2005-2006), and Michigan State (2007-present).
Since the promotion of Roushar, tight ends coach Mark Staten will now coach the offensive line. The Spartans have yet to name a wide receivers coach.