Michigan State is in jeopardy of losing one of its top assistant coaches.
Spartans’ assistant head coach/co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett has had “ongoing conversations” with Florida State about becoming the Seminoles’ defensive coordinator, according to USA Today’s Dan Wolken. New Florida State head coach Willie Taggart is in the process of assembling his staff in Tallahassee.
Florida State reportedly eyeing Harlon Barnett for DC position
Source: Florida State has had ongoing conversations with Michigan State assistant HC/co-DC Harlon Barnett about its defensive coordinator position.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) January 3, 2018
Barnett just finished his 11th season on the Spartans’ coaching staff, and he has been the team’s co-defensive coordinator for the past three years. He coaches the secondary in addition to his other duties.
As a player, Barnett was a star defensive back with the Spartans from 1986-1989 and then had a seven-year NFL career. He had a coaching stop at Cincinnati before coming back to East Lansing.
Barnett is not the only Big Ten assistant who might head to Florida State. Taggart also spoke with Michigan offensive line coach Greg Frey earlier in the week, according to 247Sports.