Mark Dantonio Is Done With Michigan State
Mark Dantonio is done with Michigan State, that much is clear.
The Spartans entered this season with a lot of very high expectations. There was even some chatter about the team possibly being a dark horse contender for the Big Ten crown, now that Urban Meyer was gone.
Obviously that never materialized.
Michigan State closed out the regular season with a disappointing 6-6 mark and critics looked to Dantonio for answers.
Unfortunately, the longtime Michigan State head coach had none.
There comes a time in every veteran coach’s life when his players stop listening to him, and it feels like Dantonio has gotten to that point. Everyone knows it, even him.
On Tuesday, a clearly disappointed Dantonio addressed what comes next.
“We’re not where we want to be,” he replied.
“We’re a 6-6 football team right now. … Our focus is what comes next. Our focus is to become 7-6. … Always look toward the future and make it the best.”
Dantonio at Pinstripe Bowl presser in NYC: “We’re not where we want to be. We’re a 6-6 football team right now. … Our focus is what comes next. Our focus is to become 7-6. … Always look toward the future and make it the best.”
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) December 10, 2019
The problem with that is the fact that Michigan State has not shown anything this year that would indicate they’ll even be able to beat Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The Demon Deacons are 8-4 on the season and, while the struggled late, pose a very formidable threat.
If Michigan State loses to Wake Forest, it is hard to see how the university justifies keeping Dantonio around for one more year.
And based on the dejected way he handled today’s press conference, it definitely seems like Dantonio is as done with Michigan State as Michigan State is with him.