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Welcome back: Don Treadwell rejoins MSU coaching staff

He’ll coach defense, offense, special teams, freshmen and stadium ushers. Alright, maybe not the last one...

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For the third time in his career, Don Treadwell will be on Michigan State’s coaching staff.

The former offensive coordinator (2007-10) and wide receivers coach (2000-02) was announced as a defensive backs and special teams coach. His role will also include “freshmen head coach” which is a new position “created to support first-year players in their growth and development both on and off the field.”

He will also help as an offensive consultant. Basically, he’ll take on a jack-of-all-trades position.

In Treadwell’s reign as offensive coordinator, the Spartans went 33-19 — including the 11-2 season in 2010 before Treadwell jumped to be head coach at Miami (OH).

My two cents is I don’t see how this could be a negative at all. This is a good hire, and it will be interesting to see how much of an impact that freshmen head coach title really has. The only concern is how he’ll be as a defensive backs coach — his first-ever defensive coaching role. However, he’s a good football mind and did well in his time here. Welcome back, Don (if you’re reading this — I’m sure you are).