Yahoo! ranks MSU coaching staff No. 9 nationally

It is one of the worst kept secrets that the Michigan State coaching staff is among the nation’s best — and Yahoo! Sports certainly agrees. Pat Narduzzi is a big reason why the Michigan State coaching staff is considered one of the nation’s best. (AP Photo)

The organization ranked the MSU coaching staff as the ninth-best in the the country in the final installment of its unit rankings.

Mike Huguenin said this of the Spartans’ staff.

“(Mark) Dantonio has turned the Spartans into one of the best programs in the Big Ten. (Pat) Narduzzi annually puts together salty units and should be a head coach soon. (Dan) Roushar is heading into his second season as OC, and his work with a rebuilt offense this season will be telling. Among the notable position assistants are secondary coach Harlon Barnett and linebacker coach Mike Tressel, Jim’s nephew.”

Narduzzi undoubtedly played the biggest role among the staff — other than Dantonio — in putting the Spartans staff among the top 10.

The Spartans finished first in the Big Ten defensively in 2011, and top 10 nationally.

Yahoo! also ranked the Michigan State offensive line (fourth), defensive line (sixth), linebackers (third) and defensive backs (fifth) on its top 10 lists.