#16 Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio moments ago released a statement on the departure of Co-DC Harlon Barnett. Spartan Nation has not only reported about the departure of Barnett (READ IT HERE) but also has given you the most thorough hot list of candidates being considered to replace him. YOU CAN READ THAT HERE.

Here is the statement from the Coach that we just received:

Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio:

“I would like to thank Harlon Barnett for his 14 years working on our staff, including all 11 years at Michigan State. He did an outstanding job and is a great football coach. He’s an extraordinary person with tremendous values and was an integral part of the 100 victories we reached at the Holiday Bowl, which I consider to be a staff achievement. He helped our program win multiple championships and bowl games while also developing All-Big Ten players, All-Americans and NFL Draft picks.

“We recognized the value of Harlon and all of our coaches, and the administration has stepped up with a significant financial commitment to our entire staff. I also understand individually that sometimes coaches are ready for new challenges and opportunities. We wish Harlon and his family all the best as he continues his coaching career.

“Our program has established itself and will finish in the final polls for the seventh time in the past 10 years. We will continue to build upon our past success and we’re looking forward to the new challenges of the upcoming season. We have an outstanding football team coming back and we’re extremely excited about the future of Spartan football in 2018. Go Green.”

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