When P.J. Fleck left Western Michigan for Minnesota on Friday, he created possibly the last FBS head-coaching vacancy of this offseason. Some analysts are speculating one Michigan State assistant might be a good fit for the opening.
According to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten could be a “potential candidate” at Western Michigan.
Potential candidate to replace PJ Fleck at WMU: Mich St offensive line coach Mark Staten.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 6, 2017
Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press also commented on the possibility of Western Michigan being interested in Staten.
Heard a name to keep in mind for the now-vacant WMU job: MSU offensive line coach Mark Staten. Interviewed at NMU but withdrew from search.
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) January 6, 2017
Staten has been a Spartans assistant for the last 10 seasons, and was promoted to offensive line coach in 2011. He was a finalist for the head coaching job at Division II Northern Michigan earlier this offseason.
Staten grew up in Dowagiac, Mich., just about an hour drive from Kalamazoo (home of Western Michigan’s campus), so it would also be a geographic fit.
Revived under Fleck, the Broncos went 29-11 in the last three seasons and are a program on the rise. It will be interesting to see who they choose to keep rowing the boat.