Before successful head coaching stints at Cincinnati and Michigan State, Dantonio served as the defensive coordinator at Ohio State from 2001-03. During that time, one of his players was standout linebacker Bobby Carpenter.
Carpenter knows Dantonio very well. Not only did he play for the man, but his brother is married to Dantonio’s daughter. Perhaps that’s why Carpenter felt the need to respond on Twitter to the rumors that the 65-year-old coach could replace embattled Buckeyes DC Kerry Coombs at some point this season.
“From my keyboard to your eyes… Mark Dantonio is done with coaching,” Carpenter wrote. “He’s golfing and enjoying my niece [Dantonio’s granddaughter]. Coaching changes mid season are punting on the season… that’s not happening.”
From my keyboard to your eyes… Mark Dantonio is done with coaching. He’s golfing and enjoying my niece.
Coaching changes mid season are punting on the season… that’s not happening https://t.co/iJKTxi1Igg
— Bobby Carpenter (@Bcarp3) September 15, 2021
Carpenter says Dantonio is content in retirement, but even if the two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year did want to come back to coaching, it would still be unlikely he’d take over for Coombs anytime soon.
Bringing in a new outside coordinator during a season is unheard of. If Coombs does get replaced in the next couple of months, OSU head coach Ryan Day is likely to promote from within to fill the DC role on an interim basis.
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