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Report: DL Coach Marco Coleman departing MSU, returning to Georgia Tech

January 4, 2023
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After leaving Georgia Tech to join Michigan State football last season, defensive line coach Marco Coleman is reportedly returning to the Yellowjackets according to a report from Kelly Quinlan on JacketsOnline, a Rivals site

Michigan State football was not immediately available to respond to a request for comment.

Coleman was hired last February from Georgia Tech after serving two seasons as their defensive end/linebackers coach. He served as the Spartans' run game coordinator for the 2022 season on top of his responsibilities as the defensive line coach.

The defensive line for MSU struggled heavily all season long as they dealt with injury after injury to key contributors such as redshirt senior Jacob Slade, senior Khris Bogle and junior Jeff Pietrowski. In turn, the defense put up pedestrian numbers. 

They allowed 178.6 yards per game on the ground, the most the program has allowed since 2002. They also finished 44th out of 131 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in both team sacks and tackles for loss at 2.42 and 6.3 per game respectively.  

Coleman was a 14-year NFL veteran and made the Pro Bowl in 2000. He was selected No. 12 overall by the Miami Dolphins in 1991. 

The change comes after Head Coach Mel Tucker recently said he had no plans on making changes to the coaching staff, but doesn't want to hold them back from other opportunities.

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