Mark Dantonio’s Tough Talk

Winning the Rose Bowl will change the way in which a program is perceived. It can certainly give a head coach the freedom to speak boldly about his team and announce to the world that the past no longer matters.

Michigan State was an “almost-but-not-quite” program for a long time. However, a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl conquest of Stanford have stripped away the “second-class citizen” label from the Spartans. Their coach, Mark Dantonio, is speaking with the confidence of a man who knows his program is strong, and who wants his players to carry themselves accordingly.

Here’s the Tuesday statement from Dantonio which caused a particularly big stir, especially in that ever-vigilant community known as #FSUTwitter:

Added context from Coaching Search and 247 Sports appears here:




About Matt Zemek

Matt Zemek is the managing editor of The Student Section, covering college football and basketball with associate editors Terry Johnson and Bart Doan. Mr. Zemek is the editor of Crossover Chronicles, covering the NBA. He is also Bloguin's lead tennis writer, covering the major tournaments. He contributes to other Bloguin sites, such as The AP Party.