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Mark Dantonio Comments on Nebraska Joining the Big Ten




MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio:


“First, I’d like to congratulate Nebraska on its admittance into the Big Ten. Nebraska has a tradition-rich football program, and it certainly increases the value of the Big Ten brand. It’s going to be exciting and challenging to compete against the Cornhuskers in the nation’s premier conference. The game-day atmosphere in Lincoln is truly special.

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“During my four years as an assistant at Kansas and my first two years as an assistant at Michigan State, I had an opportunity to compete against Tom Osborne-coached Nebraska teams. Coach Osborne had a Hall of Fame career, winning three National Championships.


“Now, Bo Pelini is doing great things at Nebraska. His teams have won 19 games over the last two seasons.


“As you know, I have great appreciation for the tradition of the college game and I admire the coaching connection between Nebraska and Michigan State. Legendary Nebraska head coach Bob Devaney got his start as an assistant under former Spartan head coaches ‘Biggie’ Munn and Duffy Daugherty in the 1950s. All three of those coaches are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.”