Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio played defensive back for South Carolina from 1976-78 and happened to be a wise enough football mind to earn a graduate assistant job just two years out of college with the Ohio Bobcats.
News broke on Monday afternoon that Gamecocks’ head coach Steve Spurrier would be stepping down immediately after a tumultuous start to the 2015 season. He called it quits and said that it’s time for someone else to take over since he wasn’t getting the job done.
Who else’s name would pop up, but Mark Dantonio’s? No surprise here. One of the top-three or four head coaches in college football being targeted by an alma mater. However, South Carolina hasn’t even released a list of coaches yet, so the fact that his name has come up is laughable.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 13, 2015
Basically, the media is just trying to create a distraction during the biggest week of the season for the head coach. Yeah, he used to attend, and play football for, South Carolina, but what does that mean in regards to his current “destination” job.
I’m sure his name will be mentioned in regards to this job opening until it’s filled by someone else, but Mark Dantonio is going nowhere.
The 59-year-old head coach has talked about retiring as a Spartan and calling this a job in which you don’t go look for others. He has turned Michigan State into a national powerhouse, and has coached with the plan of bringing a national title to East Lansing. Why would he want to start all over with South Carolina with likely a good 5-10 years of coaching left?
Michigan State is bringing in top recruiting talent over the next few years. The Spartans won’t be playing second-fiddle to any in-state team and he is basically a king in East Lansing.
Don’t believe the rumors you hear about Dantonio to MSU; this man is as loyal as loyal gets.
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