New "Spartan for life" contract for Dantonio

New "Spartan for life" contract for Dantonio

Submitted by Argyle on October 8th, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Per ESPN, a brief excerpt:


Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has received a new contract designed to keep him a "Spartan for life."

The new deal maintains a five-year rollover clause for Dantonio, who is in his fifth year as coach and last season guided Michigan State to a team-record 11 victories and a share of the Big Ten title for the first time in 20 years. Dantonio's base salary increases from $618,000 to $650,000, and his new contract includes performance incentives such as a $100,000 bonus for winning the Big Ten championship game.




OT: Dantonio just wants to have fun.

OT: Dantonio just wants to have fun.

Submitted by blueheron on June 17th, 2011 at 6:15 AM

I marked this "OT" because people have complained about Sparty postings.…

At first glance it's an innocuous article with Dantonio swinging at a bunch of softballs, but I think it's particularly notable for the photo. He is *smiling*. Did he finally take my advice and eat a bucket of prunes?



Submitted by Eye of the Tiger on May 23rd, 2011 at 9:38 PM

I would like to introduce a new term into our mgovocabulary:

Dantofreude (noun) - Pleasure at the discomfort of Mark Dantonio, in his capacity as coach of Little Brother.

I believe we need this new term, because in his short-term success, Little Brother has grown intolerable.  Little Brother reveres Dantonio, elevating him to mythic status among the green brethren.  Ergo, any cause for Dantofreude reminds Little Brother that he remains, well, Little Brother.  Little Brother, like Icarus, flies too close to the sun.  Ergo, it is for his own good.  




Hoke, Dantonio, HS coaches

Hoke, Dantonio, HS coaches

Submitted by blueheron on January 22nd, 2011 at 8:11 AM

There are quotes aplenty in here.  Commence reading between the lines:…


* Goricki has been Sparty-friendly in past articles.  Did he ignore RichRod-friendly coaches here?  Who knows?
* The first guy quoted is Patrick Threet of St. Clair Shores Lakeview.  Steven's brother?  :)  He doesn't appear to be a RichRod fan.  Samples:

"... you can definitely feel there's a leadership vibe there (with Hoke) that will relate to the hard-working people of Michigan ..." (Hopelessly vague ...)

"When you look at Michigan State, they won the state in recruiting and I think it shows."  (Whatever ...)

"There was a little bit of arrogance (with Rodriguez)."

* Next up, the somewhat famous John Herrington of Farmington Hills Harrison:

"I thought Rodriguez was a very good coach, an offensive genius. I think it will be different where Brady will recruit Michigan harder and not just go to Florida and California (like Rodriguez) ..." (I find this much more interesting, because Herrington's opinions probably carry some weight.  Even he seems to believe that RichRod didn't spend enough time in Michigan.)

* How does everyone feel about Hoke downshifting from a BlackBerry to a "regular" cell phone?  Offhand I can't imagine why someone would voluntarily trade down in that area, but maybe that's just me.  More important, what does it say about his modernity?  Coaches are still allowed to text these days, right?  (I'm assuming he wouldn't be enthusiastic about texting with only number keys.)  Does he risk being perceived as out-of-touch by players?  I could see where some people, like Coach Threet, could find the idea appealing.

Down with OPP: Mark Dantonio (MSU)

Down with OPP: Mark Dantonio (MSU)

Submitted by oriental andrew on October 6th, 2010 at 12:18 AM

It's a big week for Michigan.  We've got the msu game Saturday and that means another episode of Other People's Pressers, this time featuring Mark Dantonio. Given the relatively short presser he gave, we have BONUS player presser coverage! Included are some kid named Greg Jones (does a decent impression of that foosball player, Bobby Boucher) and Kirk Cousins (a kid who is said to be able to throw the foosball pretty good here and there)

On with Dantonio...

On the rivalry, the game, and his health:

  • He's not missing it. It's too big, too special of a rivalry. Excited that both are 5-0.
  • Expects it to be a close game ("throw out the records") and hard-fought.
  • Expects to be in the press box for the game.
  • Hasn't done much beyond watching film. Doesn't want to rush back and consequently sacrifice his long-term health. (good call, coach)
  • This is a big series for him since he's been a part of it since 1995, when he was hired onto Saban's staff at MSU. Played Michigan every year since then (at MSU and OSU) except for 3 years when he was at Cincy.
  • Mentions that this game is important for recruiting the in-state younger guys (9th, 10th graders) by getting them excited about the winning team, in addition to having overall season success.
  • Avoided a trap question from one reporter about how "the momentum in this rivalry has shifted toward Michigan State's side." Just responds that "you're only as good as your last game." No "little brother" type comments this time.

On the gameplan:

  • Tony Lippett (WR, Fr), who apparently also played QB in HS. Very quick, good burst.
  • Says the have to swarm the D to the point of attack, get guys to the ball.
  • Need to tackle well, because Denard makes people miss and "can go the distance" if they do. Can also pass well and get you there, so big challenge.
  • Trusts coordinators Treadwell and Narduzzi implicitly to prepare and lead the team.

Now to Greg Jones...

On defending Michigan:

  • As for Denard, says that "the best thing you can do is try to corner him, try to give him a tight space to run with and contain him, go after it when he tries to throw the ball."
  • Asked if they're expecting to spy him with one or more guys, says that they'll try a few different looks, but that they "haven't put in a game plan or anything yet at all."
  • Must be very disciplined with him. Otherwise - "Guys get tired of chasing. He just busts one out. Stride for stride, he's very, very fast, extremely fast."
  • Says it's risky for a QB to basically act like a RB, e.g. heading to the sideline and cutting back in, rather than acting like a QB and just stepping out or sliding. Says Denard is "tough" and "brave."
  • Have to be more disciplined and "more smarter" in pursuit.

On the rivalry:

  • Not really a hate thing, but more of a strong desire to win.
  • Mentioned that the "bow down" thing was big for the team. Gave them a lot of confidence and said that Dantonio was the kind of guy they wanted to play for.

Punter Aaron Bates is up next. Really not much to say, other than that he mentions that Keyshawn Martin is a dangerous return man, that the best strategy is to hang it up high and kick to the sideline.

Next we have LB Eric Gordon...

  • Beat ND 3 times, want to do it to Michigan, too. Want to win it for Dantonio.
  • It will be a hostile environment, with most of the 110k+ against MSU. Need to prepare the freshman for that.
  • Mentions that Denard is a unique player, but they need to stick to their game, which is "getting downhill" and not getting "back on [their] heels"
  • Need to fill gaps in the middle and expect the safeties/corners to support on the outside in order to contain Denard. Excited to be the first to slow him down.
  • Always will be some trash-talking, but Dantonio teaches them to avoid that stuff, to talk with their pads.

Kirk Cousins is our penultimate player...

  • Doesn't care that it's been 43 years since MSU beat UM 3 times in a row, or about trying to outshine Denard. Just wants to win this game.
  • Moved to Holland, MI in 7th grade and learned about the rivalry. First exposure was Smoker/Duckett beating UM (blech). Wants kids to talk about MSU Monday morning at school.
  • Doesn't fall for the "Michigan's weak defense" question. Talks up UM's talent, LBs 8 (Mouton) and 45 (Ezeh), and the nose tackle (Martin).
  • Confident coming off the Wisconsin game, especially because of the way their D stopped Wisconsin's OL and running game.
  • The rivalry is big.  Mentioned that even night janitors are talking it up to him and hoping for a win.
  • Against a guy like Denard, need to control the clock (TOP), run the ball, keep the ball out of their hands.  Stick to our gameplan, strengths (same ol' same ol', basically).

Senior CB Chris L. Rucker is the last guy. They actually made it a point to include his middle initial - L, if you were wondering (Ed: They have a junior CB named Chris D. Rucker - no relation).

  • Denard is fast, good arm, makes it a challenge (starting to get repetitive, folks).
  • Nobody really compares to him as far as opponents he's faced (ok, that's a little different, i guess).
  • The WRs are a good group, so it'll be a challenge for the MSU secondary. The UM WRs "can make big plays, make plays in space, make big catches."

And that's all, folks. It got a little repetitive with the same Q's and A's about the rivalry and Denard, frankly, so I got a little lazy with the last few.  Also, it's late and I should get to sleep. GO BLUE!

Enemy Spring Game Highlights

Enemy Spring Game Highlights

Submitted by Thorin on April 24th, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Edit: Added ND's Blue-Gold Game and BTN highlights from other assorted teams that we hate. MGoVideo will probably have torrents of OSU, MSU, PSU. So far, there's a TYT release of the Wisconsin spring game:

I wonder what the redneck rocker would say about the pink numbers.