Report: Jim Bollman to Accept Michigan State Offensive Coordinator Job

February 27, 2013 at 9:16a    by Jason Priestas    

If this report holds true, Michigan State just got easier.

Source: @footballscoop


Poe McKnoe's picture

Good lord, Dantonio.  I didn't think MSU's offense could possibly regress, but you proved me wrong.

J.Mo's picture

I think when Urban blasted the rest of the B1G for terrible recruiting, he should have included B1G teams need to improve their coaching staffs too...

bodast67's picture




     " I hope when I die, I die laughing"...                

LouGroza's picture

Not long ago, a rumor that Tressel was taking the same position there was swirling around. Too bad for them this one isn't a rumor.

Buckforlife's picture

Is this real life?

No relation to OSUFORLIFE...

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

lol beat me to it. was getting the .gif ready

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

dumpus's picture

or is this just fantasy?

NoVA Buckeye's picture


I was looking forward to beating the tar out of Purdue next year, but now, they might actually beat the Bucks. Shoot.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Caught in a landslide....

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

cinserious's picture

No escape from the BIG-TEN reality.

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

NoVA Buckeye's picture

C'mon, we already have a thread for this...

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Phew. I was worried Dantonio might be building something that could actually challenge OSU one day.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

741's picture

Wait, does this mean he's leaving Hazell and Purdue in the lurch?
Also, goo goo g'joob!

toledobuckeyefanjim's picture

Hazel hired John Shoop. You may recall when he was OC with the Chicago Bears, the Bears offense couldn't move the ball across the street. Hazel doesn't have room for two proven duds.

BrewstersMillions's picture

WAIT....Two Big Ten teams are going to let their offenses be run by John Shoop and Jim Bollman respectivley? This day just keeps getting better.

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Oh nice...I could've swore Bollman got hired by Purdue too.  Walrusball flocks north.

Class of 2010.

BuckeyeRick's picture

He was hired by Purdue as the Offensive Line Coach, not the Offensive Coordinator, so this move gets him back to the level he was at OSU.

cinserious's picture

JB: What, you didn't think I actually took Purdue seriously did you?

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

40eastbuckeye's picture

This also can't help their chances with Drake Harris

Texas Buckeye's picture

This is a disaster waiting to happen for MSU. And just when you think their offense couldn't go any further back than it already had...

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

BuckeyeRick's picture

Dave left...Dave right...Incomplete pass...Punt.

Royball's picture

You forgot the Dave constraint play: False start.

4-6 seconds of relentless effort

rdubs's picture

Or if the 3rd down is long enough (after 2 of the constraint plays in a row) the 3rd down call will be QB draw.

onetwentyeight's picture

QB draws on 3rd and long are just to set up for the inevitable 3rd and long Playaction bomb down the field. that takes 12 seconds to unfold. DUH. 

acBuckeye's picture

Or play-action on 3rd and 20.

penult's picture

Out of an I-formation 2 WR set

onetwentyeight's picture

Blah my browser was acting up didn't see that you already brought this up. Glad to see I'm not the only person who VIVIDLY remembers that

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Dave middle, Dave middle, Play-Action sack, PUNTMAGEDDON

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

JLBNYC's picture

4th and 3, opponent's 35 -- Punt.

Squirrel Master's picture

I do not watch this show, what happened that caused that reaction. Classic!

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

Dr. House's picture

Hahahahahahahahhaahahhaha. Hahahahhahaha. That Is all. 

DefendOhio's picture

Is this real life?

original buckeye's picture

It amazes me that a dullard like Bollman and his antiquated, unimaginative approach to offense can get an OC job at a Big Ten school after displaying ineptitude year in and year out at OSU.  Dantonio's going to be in trouble at MSU if he's making decisions like this.

jthiel09's picture

So they want to have an even worse offense next year than they had this past year?


Alhan's picture

Purdue now and MSU soon:

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

buckeye4life050233's picture

Unless dantonio is taking the tressel approach and just hired bollman as an empty suit to get him coffee every day and dantonio is going to take a shot at calling plays like tressel did.....

acBuckeye's picture

Dantonio is a defensive guy. Highly doubt that happens.

BUCKfutter's picture

goo goo g'joob

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

johnblairgobucks's picture

Sparty must be salivating at the thought of their possible new "3 plays and a cloud of punt Offense".
props to Devin1024:

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Proposed title: "Negative Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust"

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

tdible2132's picture

At least they signed Damion Terry (a solid DT talent) at QB last year.  He fits Bollman's offense perfectly.  Oh wait....

Hovenaut's picture

Guess now we're going to lose punters to Sparty.

National Champions

BED's picture

Sparty No!

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Findog5's picture

Love it!!!


Jack Fu's picture

When I saw the headline I thought 11W was starting an "Onion"-style parody/satire section.
We need Mike Valenti's opinion on this, stat.

luckynutz's picture

And their fans thought roushar was bad?

GoBucks713's picture

It would have been nice to see Hankins go up against that dumpster fire. Too bad Sparty isn't on the schedule the next two season to see what our kids would do to them before Bollman gets fired.

-The Aristocrats!

Colorado Buckeye's picture

Damn! I hate missed opportunities :)

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

buckeyedude's picture

Right. Only if we could have gotten rid of Herman.



Denny's picture

Some enterprising alumni should pay American Leader Kirk Cousins to lead Bollman far, far away from East Lansing.


acBuckeye's picture

How is it possible that two B1G programs are fighting for this man's services? Maybe Hazell and Dantonio aren't as bright as I once believed.

Texas Buckeye's picture

This is why the B1G can't have nice things. (Unless, of course, you have Urban Meyer as your coach.)

It's true... We really are a bunch of nuts!
Go Bucks!

cplunk's picture

I can't....I can't even....
What about Boston College's 111th ranked offense impressed MSU?
What's next? Nick Siciliano as QB coach?

oregonianbuckeye's picture

I know it's fun to make fun of Bollman, and I have and will continue to, but this is bad news for a couple of reasons.
1) We want Sparty to be good, because they have have been one of the better teams in the league that has struggled nationally.
2) We want Sparty to be good to compete with tsun in recruiting and on the field.
I don't think msu hiring Bollman will help either of those causes. So, while kind of funny, this move is also kind of sad.

acBuckeye's picture

Won't bother me one bit. We have Urban Meyer. That's all I care about.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture


"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Drake Harris, come on down!

The South will NOT rise again!

ATT2121's picture

Can you hear Urban's evil laugh?


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

BuckeyeRick's picture

Freakin' hilarious! It's Bollman in the press box call the game!

RC's picture

I guess Dantonio's precious "gentelman's agreement" doesn't apply to the hiring of coaches.

ATT2121's picture

Trying to post a pic but the screen just goes white. Weird.


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

Troy0782's picture

I ran into the same issue but it worked now that I'm replying instead of just posting; definitely weird.

Alhan's picture

I happens from time to time. Your method is exactly how I get around the problem.

"Nom nom nom" - Brady Hoke

ATT2121's picture

Thanks for the help;)


"It all goes so fast, and character makes the difference when it's close."
Jesse Owens

Vico's picture


I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

LABuckeye's picture

Bollman is psyched and getting ready...

cronimi's picture

Someone actually downvoted this? Is Bollman's kid a 11W commenter??

LadyBuck's picture

No, they're from PETA. Obviously, comparing Bollman to the majestic Walrus is insulting to the walrus.

OldColumbusTown's picture

Michigan's road to the B1G championship game just got a whole lot easier for this upcoming season.  MSU was already losing quite a bit on defense, as well as offense. 
Now with them adding Bollman, the only real legitimate threats are Nebraska, who has to play at Michigan next year, and maybe Northwestern.

BoFuquel's picture

It's The Li"l Eleven mindset at it's best.Keep it it up boyz and you will surely catch them darn Buckeyes.That darn Eggersmith is gonna pay for employing that UM guy. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Gotta be happy Hazell dodged that mustachioed bullet.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

MSU will figure it out abut the time they get destroyed by both Maryland and Rutgers.

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Dear God. Sparty taking 15 steps backwards on an already predictable offense

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

Jason Priestas's picture

Is it time to bust this out again? It is? Good...


[If memory serves correct, I believe Roger is the artist behind that GIF.]

Colorado Buckeye's picture

words can not express the awesomeness of this... :)

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!




Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I haven't seen that since 2011. Still funny.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Roger's picture

Thanks for the H/T, Jason!

Idaho Helga's picture

I didn't see this before, hysterical.
And out there in Boiler-land, many are silently breathing a sigh of relief while East Lansing pharmacists are stocking up on heartburn meds.

AngryWoody's picture

I was not on 11W when this was made, but this is the funniest thing I have seen in a looong time.

Our Honor Defend!

LouGroza's picture

Drake Harris might want to be heading to OSU about now...

tennbuckeye19's picture

Did MSU lose their old OC?

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Yes, he went to the Saints as the RB coach I believe. He didn't leave on the best of terms.

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Bollman? guy must have some pictures of the entire osu staff he worked with

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

jeremytwoface's picture

Best Wednesday ever!!

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Urban Meyer starts putting some pressure on Big Ten coaches to improve.  Dantonio, in the ultimate act of defiance, hires an offensive coordinator that will all but guarantee that no top level offensive line, quarterback or wide receiver talent will ever show up on campus at MSU and that, when thought impossible, their offense will devolve into something terrible.  Punting on 3rd down to allow for a second chance a bad snap perhaps?  Just, wow. 

cinserious's picture

Is this Dantonio's way of comiting career suicide? Now that his boy Bielema's gone he just said F-it!

Life's daily struggle is choosing between saying F--ck-it, or soldiering on with your responsibilities.  

Bucksfan's picture

You know the old saying..."Once you go walrus, you don't go back"

LadyBuck's picture

I'm pretty sure we did go back.

D. Anthony's picture

They also just signed a couple of Relief Punters to come out of the bullpen.

D. Anthony

RBuck's picture

Breaking News
Michigan State has called a press conference to announce Nick Siciliano as their new quarterbacks coach.

"It's just another case of there you are". ~ Doc (1918-2012)

tennbuckeye19's picture

I am seeing/hearing a couple things about this hire: 
1.) Most associated with OSU or cover OSU are saying that Bollman is a good guy and a nice guy and whatnot. This explains why coaches (Tressel, Hazell, Dantonio) are friends with him and obviously like the guy. Friends shouldn't let friends hurt their football teams though. 
2.) MSU fans are saying that they are not listening to the OSU folks, calling them "haters", and are trusting that Dantonio knows what he's doing. 
3.) Is there a "gentleman's agreement" in place regarding the stealing of other school's coaches? If so, Saint Dantonio just violated it.

steensn's picture

This can't be real life!? Can it?

jwh7's picture

Are we positive Bollman was calling the plays for tOSU or was Tress? Just askin'


Alex's picture

at least we know how to defend it

penult's picture

yeah, don't let the guys playing defense get bored to sleep

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Maybe he lost a bet with the sweater vest.

johnblairgobucks's picture

Jim Bollman's best called games( during his last few years at OSU), IMO, were the Sugar Bowl win vs Arkansas and the loss to Miami in Miami (Bauser Bomb Bowl).... where he called plays Jim Bollman typically wouldn't call.

LouGroza's picture

Funniest thing said on MSU boards is that Tressels conservative nature held Bollman back. And along with the 2011 suspensions and dissarray that followed, it wasn't Bollmans fault. Nothing like trying to find that ray of sunshine. Sounds like Urban made a big mistake letting the Walrus go??

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

There's putting a positive spin on the news ..... and then there's that.  

Nkohl13's picture

LOL. We actually won with Tressel. When Tressel was gone and Bollman was running the offense by himself we saw how horrible he really was. He single handedly lost the Nebraska game for us that year. When Braxton went out with an injury and Bauserman came in, we were far enough ahead to run on every play and milk the clock. What did he call? Three Bauserbombs and a punt on every single drive.  We took no time off the clock and gave Nebraska an easy opportunity to come back and win. Think what you want Sparty. You guys are f***ed. 

BED's picture

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Who was holding Bollman back at BC in 2012 during his one-year stint there as "run game coordinator"?
BC went from averaging 3.6 yds/carry in 2011 to 3.1 yds/carry in 2012.
Blame it on the Irish!

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Lmao! They're obviously in denial, looking for any shred of hope.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

Kaceybrown's picture

I can't stop laughing @ this. 

Idaho Helga's picture

Yeah, uh huh, Urban made a big mistake.   Been doing that since he got here.  Excuse me, I have to go move my 12-0 shirts to the dryer now.

SPreston2001's picture

Lol wow the Walrus really?? Couldnt find anybody better than the Walrus??? Good luck....

toad1204's picture

Somebody's on his game.

And because it's funny...

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

D-Buck's picture

I've never wished I could upvote something more than I do right now.  That Vrabel fax is slaying me.

toad1204's picture

It really isnt on topic but it's too funny not to include.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Jake in Cali's picture

So after watching the offensive display that was sparty vs brutus 2011 Dantonio decided he had to get him some of that?!? This can't be real life. This is sad for the B1G; very sad. Hiring Bollman is not how you improve an offense or recruiting.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Run, run, pass, and punt. Got it.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

chitown buckeye's picture

......or Run, Run, Fake Pass Run, Punt

"I'm having a heart attack!"

Run_Fido_Run's picture

. . . . or Run, Fido, Run . . . then Punt.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture


"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

BucksfanXC's picture

He had to go somewhere where they agree with him that it isn't fair to pass before 3rd down.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

M Man's picture

I just logged in to say how much I love all of you guys.

buckeyedude's picture

I don't blame you for being in a good mood, MMan! ;)



Doc's picture

Please oh please tell me this is really true and not some hateful joke. This is going to be hilarious when we get Sparty. No championships for you, come back one year!

"Say my name."

Doc's picture

Crap the bed, I just checked the schedule and Sparty isn't on it for this season.  No way in hell Bollman makes it a second year.  I guess we won't get a chance to show him how an offense is supposed to work.

"Say my name."

Kaceybrown's picture

But he'll get to see it on Espn while he eats doughnuts every morning for sure. 
Unless we meet for the conference championship but w bolman as the oc, not likely to happen.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Just Sparty being Sparty.

lamplighter's picture

what a craptacular pick

ODEEZ330's picture

Is it bad that i want to go troll the msu 247 board now lmao haha

stark county football

LadyBuck's picture

I decided to look out of curiosity and found this gem:

Bollman is brought in as part of a run game/pass game coordinator setup

Oh, you poor Sparty people, you. The fact that the whole of the Big Ten is laughing at you should hint that this is neither a good move nor sour grapes. How soon you'll learn.

buckeyedude's picture

I'd like to personally ask Dantonio, "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!" but I'd be laughing so hard, I couldn't get it out.



carton's picture

I wonder how Hazel pull this thing out.
PU just got scarier by the classic example of adition by elimination.

Alex Boones Liver's picture

In a completely unrelated story, check out this video shot on the outskirts of East Lansing.

buckeyedude's picture

Ha Ha Ha!
This is a classic case of good 'ol boys taken care of each other.



Knarcisi's picture

Oh, the insanity. Wish I could keep getting high pay work for poor performance.  So glad we have not gotten some coaches that had ties and seemed to be in line ... Glen Mason, Pelini ... add Dantonio to that list. Sparty goes Stone Age

NoVA Buckeye's picture

Glen Mason is still the best coach Minnesota has had in the past 15 years, same with Dantonio at MSU, but not Pelini at Nebraska. Passed up a quality coach in Solich for Bill CaLOLhan.

The offseason begins when your season ends. Even then there are no days off.

Kaceybrown's picture

He may not know it but I'd say Darrel Hazell just dodged a bullet. 

Knarcisi's picture

More like dodging an A-bomb. 

Hockey Buck's picture

Always referred to Dantonio as Tressel light.  This more than confirms that. 

BUCKtuckian's picture

Not sure who to credit, but I had to save this for a day like this.

People are saying that I'm an alcoholic, and that's not true, because I only drink when I work, and I'm a workaholic.
Ron White

Colorado Buckeye's picture

so first off... love the profile pic! secondly, great GIF... and then you finish up this solid performance with a Ron White quote! nicely done Sir :) 

Pain heals. Chicks dig scars. Glory lasts forever!

BigBuck623's picture

He was nothing but terrible at OSU.. how does this guy fail upwards?

BED's picture

Like this.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009


^ I've often thought that principle explains every idiot who ever became a CEO/judge/senator/president/offensive coordinator


"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

Buckeyeneer's picture

Amazing. I never heard that before but it makes so much sense.

"Because the rules won't let you go for three." - Woody Hayes

THE Ohio State University

BED's picture

LSUfreek winning the internet, once again.

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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

buckeyedude's picture

THAT is freeking hilarious!



rkylet83's picture

I'm can't help but laugh/cringe at the excitement that Spartan fans have with this hire.  I can't seem to convince them no matter how much evidence that Walrus is a bad hire.

Unky Buck's picture

They're now making new hats in East Lansing...


spqr2008's picture

I think John Lennon didn't really die, he just decided to sabotage American football, and so became The Walrus, Jim Bollman.

MediBuck's picture

Well, I guess we can say the Walrus has the perfect QB in Andrew Maxwell to run his offensive system ;)

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

Indy_Buck87's picture

Forgot to mention one of the wrinkles the walrus would throw into game plans for the big games: punt on third down. 

I know of only two things that are infinite, space and human stupidity.....and I'm not sure about space". Albert Einstein.

rock flag and eagle's picture

Inspired move by Dantonio.