Mark Dantonio Reveals Real Reason For Abrupt Retirement
Mark Dantonio revealed the real reason for his abrupt retirement on Tuesday.
Dantonio, the longtime coach of Michigan State, called it quits this week.
The news came as a bit of a shock.
Although many anticipated that Dantonio and the Spartans may part ways soon, the timing was a bit peculiar.
On January 15 of this year, Dantonio received $4.3 million from the school for no other reason than being employed by the program at that point in time.
After announcing his retirement, Dantonio attempted to explain the reason for his decision.
To all Spartans: Thank you for everything. You have truly helped my dreams come true. pic.twitter.com/uKkubvp1cW
— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) February 4, 2020
“There have been so many amazing life moments in the last 13 years,” he said.
“When I reflect, I think of our Big Ten championship games, our Big Ten Championships, the big games, the playoffs, the bowl wins, the moments, the milestones, the graduates, the NFL opportunities and finally, and perhaps most importantly, the relationships made.
“This job has always been a 24/7, 365 day-a-year position. There is no down time and it is filled with the demands and challenges of managing games, players, coaches, recruits, donors, staff, media, an enthusiastic fan base and competition at the very highest level.
“I will miss it all but feel the sacrifices that I have made away from my family must now become my priority at this time in my life,” he continued.
“My plan is stay on within the university and athletic department in a role involving special projects, especially transitioning our players, both current and incoming, to their next challenges.
“It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as the head football coach at Michigan State University. I will forever be a Spartan.”
It will be interested to see who the Spartans ultimately get to replace Dantonio.