San Francisco 49ers draft 2020
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Michigan State is beginning its search for a head coach following Mark Dantonio’s suprising retirement. As the Spartans look for their next leader of the program, San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh could reportedly emerge as a candidate.

According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Saleh could quickly emerge as a candidate to take over at Michigan State. The 41-year-old coordinator grew up in Michigan and began his coaching career with the Spartans as a defensive assistant (2002-’03). He then served in the same role at Central Michigan (2004) and Georgia (2005).

Saleh’s ties to Michigan State go even further beyond his roots as a coach. He received his master’s degree in East Lansing. Furthermore his uncle Robert “Ossum” Saleh played guard for the Spartans in the 1970s.

Saleh emerged as a candidate to become the Cleveland Browns head coach this offseason before the organization went in another direction. He is beloved by head coach Kyle Shanahan and his defensive players.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick