Spartans assistant Staten won’t leave for NMU

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the next head coach at Northern Michigan.

According to, Staten posted a message on Facebook on Thursday night, declaring his intention to remain at Michigan State.

“Decision was made after a lot of prayer, talking with family, friends and mentors,” Staten wrote. “I appreciate all of those involved as I will continue to battle on as a Spartan. God Bless and Go Green!”

Staten interviewed in Marquette on Tuesday before making the decision on Thursday.

Staten has been at Michigan State for 10 seasons, joining the Spartans in 2007 along with head coach Mark Dantonio after spending three seasons with Dantonio at Cincinnati as tight ends/tackles coach and recruiting coordinator. At Michigan State, Staten spent his first four years coaching tight ends and tackles before becoming the offensive line coach in 2011.

Northern Michigan is left with three finalists, including Kyle Nystrom (Ferris State co-defensive coordinator/inside linebackers coach), Nick Postma (Grand Valley State co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach/recruiting coordinator) and Jason Woodman (Fairmont State head coach/offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach).