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Bollman To Run MSU Offense?

Spartan Tailgate's Sean Scherer contributed to this report

Multiple reports have former OSU assistant Jim Bollman replacing Dan Roushar as MSU's offensive coordinator

Michigan State has reportedly hired former Ohio State offensive coordinator Jim Bollman, according to FootballScoop.com

Bollman served under Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel from 2001-2010, then called plays for one year under interim coach Luke Fickell in 2011. He spent 2012 as Boston College’s offensive line coach and was hired as Purdue’s offensive line coach earlier this year.

Spartan Tailgate reached Bollman Wednesday morning, who would not confirm reports that he has been hired as offensive coordinator.

“There’s nothing to be talked about yet,” Bollman told Spartan Tailgate. “Maybe in a few days there will be. I’ll talk to you then.”

Spartan Tailgate also reached out to multiple team sources, but none of them could confirm the hire at this time.

Bollman’s role as a play caller was limited under Tressel, as the former Buckeyes’ head coach handled most of the in-game coordinator duties. His primary recruiting contributions were in the state of Ohio - Bollman grew up in Ashtabula and played on the offensive line at Ohio University from 1973-76. He also coached the MSU offensive line under then-coach Nick Saban from 1995-97, during which Mark Dantonio was also an MSU assistant.

“I think he’s definitely a technician on the offensive line. That’s one thing he’s good at,” said Bucknuts’ Dave Biddle, who covered Bollman at Ohio State. “He knows how to coach guys on the offensive line.”

Bollman also has NFL experience, serving as the Philadelphia Eagles’ tight ends coach in 1998 and tight ends coach for the Chicago Bears in 1999-2000.

Stay tuned to Spartan Tailgate for much more on Bollman as this story develops.

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