Tom Dienhart of The Sporting News is reporting that Michigan State will name Mark Dantonio, the current head coach of Cincinnati, to replace John L. Smith as their head man. Dantonio lead the Bearcats to a 7-5 record this season. He became the head coach of Cincy three seasons ago after a successful stint as defensive coordinator at Ohio State. He previously coached at Michigan State under Nick Saban. Miami Dolphins offensive cooridnator Charlie Baggett and Cleveland Browns defensive coordinator Todd Grantham (who earlier in the day, according to one Browns' fan site, had reportedly accepted the job at MSU) were reportedly among the other finalists for the position at Michigan State. Elsewhere, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer is reporting that the Iowa State Cyclones have narrowed their search to replace ousted head coach Dan McCarney. Their shortlist is composed of former NFLer and San Diego University head coach Jim Harbaugh, Nebraska offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, and Central Michigan head coach Brian Kelly. Various uncited sources are indicating that, when the dust settles, CMU's Brian Kelly will get the nod tomorrow evening at a 6:00 PM press conference. Kelly has been at Central Michigan for just three seasons, but has a distinguished record as a head coach, leading Grand Valley State University to back-to-back Division II Championships in 2002 and 2003.