Ron Burton named MSU’s defensive line coach

Ron Burton has been hired as Michigan State’s new defensive line coach.

The school announced the hiring in a release on Friday afternoon. Burton, who spent the past 10 seasons at Air Force, replaces Ted Gill. MSU opted to not renew Gill’s contract for next season.

“We believe Ron is a natural fit in terms of defensive terminology and concepts,” MSU coach Mark Dantonio said in a release. “He also brings great energy and management skills to the coaching staff. We look forward to seeing Ron interact with our players and watching our defensive linemen thrive under his teaching.”

At Air Force, Burton helped Jake Paulson become the first-ever defensive lineman in school history to earn first team all-league honors in 2008. Nose guard Ben Garland was also an all-league selection under Burton in 2009 and wound up signing a free-agent contract with the Denver Broncos.

Air Force went a combined 67-57 during Burton’s 10 seasons at the school and he helped the Falcons to a school-record six bowl appearances.

“I’m excited about working with a Spartan defensive unit that has really established itself as one of the nation’s elite over the last three seasons,” Burton said in the release.

Burton also has coached at Grand Valley State (2002), at Indiana (1997-2001), at Eastern Michigan (1995-96) and at Morehead State (1994). Burton coached linebackers at Indiana and EMU and defensive backs at Morehead State.

Burton also spent four seasons as a linebacker in the NFL, playing for the Dallas Cowboys, Phoenix Cardinals and Los Angeles Raiders. He started 15 games for the Cowboys in 1988.

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10 Responses to Ron Burton named MSU’s defensive line coach

  1. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    “You stay classy, Spartan Nation……I’m Ron Burton-dy?”

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Sounds like a good fit.

  3. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:


  4. avatar Mr. Cresote. says:

    Who? He must have had a really good interview. I see nothing to get excited about.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Dantonio likes him thats all that matters, Dantonio has built an elite program one of the 6 or 7 best in the nation I saw them beat # 7 Georgia in the Outback Bowl with my own eyes that proves we are elite.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        The coward Marky,mark posted on an old thread like BJ used to do. Last time I lower myself to his level

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          That’s fair he bores us now anyway

        • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

          yeah i went over there to light him up, so sad a life he has….

        • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

          As the Tru Ghost of Bo and SpokesGhost for EWE of EM, I sympathize with my fellow m Gulo lover.
          It is difficult to watch as the beloved Em sports fall from our self envisioned perch of supreme reign at being # 3 or #4, or even so very much less. As we continue to self aggrandize our beloved Blew, together, Marky we can work our way through this. And speaking for your fellow emerlovers, we will always remember you as A modest little person, with much to be modest about.

  5. avatar kirk conner says:

    We know that it;s Dantonio’s decision to have or not who he wants as coaches, but it would help “the spartans” fans to know why a favorite has been let go, thats all.

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