Narduzzi withdraws from UConn search

Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi says he has

withdrawn from consideration for Connecticut’s coaching job.

Narduzzi says in a statement Wednesday night that he was honored

to be considered by UConn but is devoting his full attention to the

fourth-ranked Spartans as they prepare for the Rose Bowl.

Led by Narduzzi’s defense, Michigan State won the Big Ten title

and will make its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988. Narduzzi

received the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top

assistant.