Spartans hope to avoid ‘dip year’ trend

EAST LANSING – Harlon Barnett’s brief tenure so far as MSU’s co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach (while still defensive backs coach) has already produced a catch phrase — the “dip year.”

Barnett, who is combining with Mike Tressel to coordinate the defense now that Pat Narduzzi is Pitt’s head coach, spoke to the Spartans at the beginning of training camp and told them this is the year they’re supposed to take a step backward. – Read more at

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