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MSU co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett heads to Florida State

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Barnett to make nearly $1 million per year at FSU

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MSU was dealt a big loss on Friday, losing 11-year assistant coach and previous co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett to Florida State.

Barnett, who graduated from Michigan State and spent 14 years on Mark Dantonio’s staff dating back to their Cincinnati days, will be getting a hefty pay raise. According to Pete Thamel, Barnett will be making nearly $1 million per season at Florida State – hard to knock a guy for taking that money.

Let’s not sugarcoat this at all – this is a blow to MSU. Barnett wasn’t just a great defensive coach that helped mold the No Fly Zone of 2013-14 and this year’s young corps. He was also a great locker room guy and an incredible recruiter.

You can see the impact he had on players with their reactions on Twitter – it’s all been positive.

Barnett did great things at MSU. Hopefully we’ll see him in green and white again one day.