Mark Dantonio

Jason’s Journal: Fighting for Each Other

By now, most have heard or seen the selfless heroics of Joe Cox, painfully sacrificing his body to keep Penn State off the board during a critical stretch of the first period of the February 14 matchup. Most people even know the touching story of Mackenzie MacEachern, who scored a hat trick to give the Spartans the series sweep that evening, giving the game puck to Cox without hesitation.

What most people do not know, is how that entire sequence of events, from Cox’s shot blocking to MacEachern’s selfless attitude, is evidence of a changing culture that is just starting to come to the fore. Read More…

Impact Sports Signing Day Feature: MSU Football

There is one thing that is constant about following college football recruiting, is that I keep getting older and they stay the same age.

As creepy as that may sound, Mark Dantonio and the MSU football program need to spend countless minutes, hours, days and nights on the road recruiting to be able to compete with the top teams in the nation. Read More…

Spartans Save Season with Majestic 4th Quarter Comeback to Win 2015 Cotton Bowl

All’s well that ends well.

With a 21-point 4th quarter comeback in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day 2015, the Michigan State University Spartans football team salvaged the 2014 season, making themselves relevant once again while vanquishing the Baylor Bears into nothingness. Read More…

Walk the Line: Bowl Bonanza Breakdown – 12/29/14 to 1/1/15

The past week has illustrated just how zany and unpredictable NCAA bowls can be. Yes, many games have involved the expected high scores we’ve seen, but some of these plays and endings have been beyond imagination.

Now begins the good stuff, and this week, Walk the Line will examine the point spreads for the very best of the best leading up to New Year’s Day 2015 and games like the Cotton Bowl (Baylor -3.5 vs. Michigan St.), Rose Bowl (Oregon -9.5 vs. Florida St.), and Sugar Bowl (Alabama -9.5 vs. Ohio St.). We’ve waited a long time for the NCAA College Football Playoff. It’s almost here! Read More…

Michigan State: Out

College Football Playoff:
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State

As expected, MIchigan State’s 10-2 record and second place finish in the Big Ten East was not enough to secure them a spot in the elusive College Football Playoff. MSU’s only two losses came to Oregon and Ohio State, both of which were selected into the “Football Four”. Read More…

Dantonio Addresses Penn State Game, Reaching Season Goals

In his last weekly presser of the regular season, MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio called the upcoming Michigan State football game at Penn State a “program game.”

The Spartans have not played against the Nittany Lions since the conference first realigned and added the championship game. Now that the Big Ten has been reformatted again, MSU and PSU will play every year once again for the Land Grant Trophy. Read More…

Seniors Show Out in 45-3 Win Versus Rutgers

Nothing but pressure and expectations has been placed on this year’s Michigan State football senior class. After last season’s Big Ten and Rose Bowl championships, the Spartans failed to live up to the unfair hype assigned to them in 2014.

Although there was no big stage or trophy to be played for, in their last game together at Spartan Stadium, the seniors stole the show in a dominating 45-3 win against Rutgers. Read More…

Spartan Football Bounces Back at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Special teams and defense were key in No. 12 Michigan State’s road to a 37-15 victory over Maryland.

A rarity for this season, Connor Cook was unable to find the end zone for the entire game.  Cook had sixteen consecutive games with a touchdown pass until Saturday. Michael Geiger picked up the slack for Michigan State’s offense, making three out of four field goal attempts, all in the first half. Read More…

Spartans Look to Gain from Loss, Move on to Maryland

There’s no shame in being 7-2 and No. 12 in the AP Top 25 poll. Certainly Mark Dantonio would rather be 9-0, ranked No. 1 in all of the polls and be looking to continue perfection, but for Michigan State in 2014, that just is not the case.

“I don’t want anybody to feel bad for us,” Dantonio said in his press conference on Tuesday. “We’re still in the top 20.” Read More…

Spartan Defense Can’t Contain Buckeyes

The first half was a shootout, but the Buckeyes’ offense was too much for the Spartans as they went on to win on the road in East Lansing 49-37.

MSU looked as if they were taking control of the game, as Jeremy Langford ran in a touchdown to give Michigan State a 28-14 lead.  The play was called back, however, on a holding penalty by center Jack Allen. Michael Geiger then missed a field goal, and on the next play from scrimmage J.T. Barrett found MIke Thomas for a 79-yard touchdown. Read More…

Dantonio and Players Talk Importance of Budding Ohio State “Rivalry”

Michigan State has developed brief “rivalries” with Big Ten opponents over the years.

Most recently was with Wisconsin, a series that reached it’s peak in 2011 when the teams faced off in two classic matchups. The Spartans took the first game after Keith Nichol caught a hail mary from Kirk Cousins as time expired. The two teams faced off again in the inaugural Big Ten Championship, with Wisconsin barely edging the Spartans. Read More…

It’s Personal: No. 8 Spartans Win 35-11 Against Rival Wolverines

The No. 8 Michigan State Spartans knew they needed a win against their in-state rivals on Saturday. Although the Spartans have seemingly taken control of the rivalry in the Mark Dantonio era, the team made sure they were not overlooking the Wolverines. MSU was in control for all four quarters, winning 35-11.

Michigan State opened the game with a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off with a Jeremy Langford two-yard rush. Read More…

Kurtis Drummond: “What We Did Last Year Means Nothing This Year”

It is clear that the change in trend of Michigan State’s rivalry with Michigan has not changed MSU’s attitude about the game.

Kurtis Drummond was one of five MSU players who joined Mark Dantonio in his weekly press conference on Tuesday.  Drummond alongside fellow seniors Travis Jackson and Jeremy Langford answered questions after Mark Dantonio’s laughter filled Q&A. Read More…

Dantonio Takes More “Diplomatic” Approach While Discussing Michigan Rivalry

The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry has always been a heated one on the football field, but when Mark Dantonio took over as head coach of the Spartans in 2007, the teams were headed in different directions.

Michigan State was annually competing to simply make a bowl game while the Wolverines were focused on winning Big Ten titles and beyond. Read More…

Opinion: An MSU Football Fan’s Reason to Worry

It’s finally here – Michigan Week.

Every season, there is one game labeled on the calendars for the Michigan State football team and its fans as a ‘must-win’ when the Spartans face in-state rival, University of Michigan.  This year, the game seems to be losing its luster because of the collapse of the Michigan football program. It is the ultimate role reversal.

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Dantonio Addresses Fourth Quarter Struggles

Fourth quarter woes have kept Michigan State’s perfect start to the Big Ten season seeming imperfect.

The Spartans stayed at the No. 8 spot in the AP Top 25 poll after a 45-38 win at Purdue last Saturday, in a game that was a lot closer than expected. Much like the previous week against Nebraska, MSU had a large lead turn into to a one-possession game and had to rely on a defensive stop in the final minutes to survive with a victory. Read More…

No. 8 Michigan State Avoids Fourth Quarter Collapse at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Exactly one week after a chaotic near collapse in East Lansing versus Nebraska, Michigan State avoided a shocking upset at the hands of Purdue.

Against Nebraska, it took an interception by Trae Waynes in the Cornhuskers’ final drive to seal the deal for MSU. A late interception, this time by Darien Harris, sealed the deal for MSU against Purdue. Harris returned the pick for six, making the final score 45-31 in favor of the Spartans. Read More…

Opinion: It’s on MSU

Sometime during Saturday’s game, probably during one of those extra long TV timeouts, you might have seen a PSA video on the big screens with a handful of celebrities repeating “It’s On Us.” Then President Obama appeared, a loud booing rang from the student section, and the video was over. You may have thought it was a campaign about environmental change, drunk driving or even the ebola virus.  It was not about any of those topics.

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Dantonio Moving Forward After Near Collapse Against Nebraska

The Spartans kicked off their Big Ten season last Saturday night with a primetime matchup against the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The first three quarters looked great for Michigan State, as they dominated in every facet of the game and held a 27-3 lead.  However, Nebraska clawed their way back in the 4th fourth quarter before finally going down 27-22. Read More…

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