Dantonio’s Press Conference: A Thing of Beauty!

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Dantonio’s Press Conference: A Thing of Beauty!

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Spartan fans bemoaned John L. Smith for many things. Not the least of which was his failure to embrace the MSU vs. UM rivalry. Now if the Spartan Nation were honest, they would acknowledge that the MSU side of the rivalry has been non-existent. The Spartans have lost the last six and have failed to live up to their side of the bargain.

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Well, in came Mark Dantonio. He is a man that understands this rivalry. He has a Spartan and a Buckeye pedigree that puts UM at the top of his dislike list. He hates them. He set the standard when he was announced the new MSU Coach by being coach less than thirty-minutes and he was already calling out the rivalry.

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He has an Athletic Director in Mark Hollis (called designate AD, but he is doing the job) that hates UM as much or more than he. He has the best College Basketball Coach in Tom Izzo whose skin scratches at the mention of the Wolverines. Mark Dantonio fits at MSU. He is one of us. With JLS you embraced him as the coach, but no one who spent any time with him ever had the feeling of him being one of us. He was employed here, he lived here, but was never a member of the Spartan Nation.

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Now comes the loss to UM. There was bad play, some wrong plays and scheme calls, but with his Spartans hurting have went 1-5 in the last six games there isn’t anyone on this team that has their head down. These kids are jacked up to play Purdue. Now it very well may end up the same way. MSU simply does not have the horses to compete with a team that throws the ball with as much frequency as me going after a donut. That said, you could call it Kool-Aid all you want, these kids haven’t quit. Look back at the Bobby Williams and the JLS years and tell me that you weren’t as frustrated as me, not seeing MSU lose to better teams, but quitting. This team doesn’t quit.

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On Monday MD fired back at UM, and what he thought was disrespect for his team. Oh how things have changed. It was just a short time ago that JLS was questioning a young man’s character for missing kicks, and Bobby saying he didn’t know if he lost his kids. Now MD steps to the mic and defends his kids, his team and the Spartan Nation.

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Now this team is so focused on the Boilermakers, and they have an attitude to prove something. Unfortunately, Monday’s press conference doesn’t add to the roster a fresh infusion of talent, nor make everyone healthy. What it does do is tell recruits what they are getting in this head coach, and sends a message to the Spartan Nation that he is hurting as much as we are. It doesn’t change the loss to a win, but it sure is a comfort to know that one of us is in charge!