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One of the Group of Five’s most consistent programs over the past few years, Toledo is a perennial bowl team and Mid-American Conference contender under Jason Candle. Previously this coaching cycle, Candle’s name was brought up for several Power Five openings, including this nugget from Steve Wiltfong about being a potential fit at Michigan State prior to the Spartans selecting Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith.
“Candle-led football teams typically boast some of the best offenses in college football, ranking No. 9 in rushing offense and No. 13 in pass efficiency this fall, and they’re a strong defense particularly against the pass,” Wiltfong wrote. “… Candle has spearheaded recruiting efforts that have seen Toledo have success in the Detroit area, Ohio and Florida, three places where Michigan State will have to do well to get back on track in the Big Ten. The Rockets currently have the No. 2 recruiting class in the MAC.“