When Mark Dantonio made his return to East Lansing, he brought along a staff that was commited to creating a consistent environment. The football program had been through years of inconsistency, seasons with big wins over talented opponents and head scratching loses to in-conference bottom feeders. The university had been written off as a basketball school, with a middle of the pack football team that never seemed willing to get over the hump. Dantonio and his staff have done a pretty solid job of turning things around, and the future looks even brighter.
The Spartans have made a bowl game every year since 2007 (Dantonio’s first year), sporting a 44-22 record, which is the most wins in the first five years by any head coach in Michigan State history. He has brought in one talented recruiting class after another, with game changing athletes like defensive end William Gholston and running back Le’Veon Bell. The talent level continues to rise, so much so that last year’s featured running back, Edwin Baker, declared for the NFL Draft as a junior because he saw the window closing due to the young talent behind him. With the 39th ranked recruiting class in the country this year, the talent pool will only continue to grow.
This year was another step in the right direction, as Dantonio guided the Spartans to the inaugural B1G Championship game against Wisconsin. Although the Spartans fell short of their Rose Bowl dream, they more than made up for it with an exciting come-from-behind victory over Georgia in Tampa, FL. They were able to overcome adversity and put a very talented Bulldog team away in overtime, instilling pride and hope in the Spartan faithful. The future looks bright for the green and white, especially with Coach Dantonio leading the way.