Pat Narduzzi, one of the hottest names in the coaching carousel over the past two seasons, took the podium to talk about Michigan State's first Rose Bowl trip in a quarter century last night, and of course was asked about his decision to stay in East Lansing instead of taking the UConn job.
Even though Narduzzi has family within an hour of Connecticut's campus, the decision was far from easy. He credited his wife for keeping him level headed during the decision making process, and noted that it was her advice to "do what's best for your career, and your family", that made the decision to stay with the 11-1 Spartans much easier.
He was also quick to deflect praise to Spartan nation and his coaching staff.
"When you look back and you say, 'I know what I have here in Spartan Stadium, and our fans and the staff that I have to work with every day here is the best in the country...there is no question about it."
"And when you talk about something like that, it's not about you, because I would be nothing without Harlon Barnett, Mike Tressel and Ron Burton. Period." he added
"It takes more than one guy, and there's a lot of hoopla that goes with that, but if you're grounded and you're smart, you know it wasn't just you, it was everybody else that you're around. I'd hate to break up the great party that we have going on right now."
An 11-1 record, #4 ranking, and Big Ten title might not fully satisfy the hunger this year, but next year it's a very real possibility that means a chance to play for the national title in the first ever College Football Playoff, where his stock as a head coach would skyrocket even higher.