December 22nd, 2017

The trip from East Lansing to San Diego is a long one, as was the journey from 3-9 to 9-3. Yet neither was as arduous as what Mark Dantonio has accomplished in his 11 seasons at Michigan State. As the 19th-ranked Spartans prepare for their 10th bowl game under Dantonio, it is vital to look back at what he has put under the MSU tree for most of the last decade. Stability and consistency in a football program that lacked it for 40 years before his arrival. That remains much more surprising and impressive than any turnaround from 2016.

Source: Detroit Free Press