Michigan State offensive coordinator Dan Roushar is headed to the NFL.
The 45-year-old was named the New Orleans Saints running backs coach on Saturday.
Roushar said the decision to leave was not easy, but is hoping to grow on this rare opportunity.
“The New Orleans Saints and Michigan State are built on similar models, with a focus on character and people,” Roushar said.
“New Orleans has won a Super Bowl, and over the last five years, the Saints have been one of the winningest organizations in the NFL. I’ve had an opportunity to work for Mark Dantonio – in my opinion, the best college football coach in America – for the last eight years, including the last six seasons at Michigan State. Now, I have an opportunity to work for arguably the best coach in the NFL, in Sean Payton. Professionally, this is an opportunity I simply couldn’t pass up. ”
Roushar was named MSU’s offensive coordinator in February of 2011 and has been with MSU since 2007.
Spartan head coach Mark Dantonio wished Roushar the best.
“ He’s a great teacher and a tireless recruiter. Dan certainly played a critical role in helping build a solid foundation here at Michigan State. We’re grateful for the effort and energy he’s invested in our program,” said Dantonio.
“He’s excited about being presented with the opportunity to coach the game at its highest level. We’re thrilled for Dan and his family, and we wish him nothing but the best in the NFL.”