Big Ten Contender Emerging in East Lansing?

Posted by Johnny Lawrence on August-6-2009 Add Comments

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is working to elevate the Spartans to elite Big Ten standing.

In 1999, he guided the secondary when MSU earned a Citrus Bowl victory over Florida, its last significant postseason win.

Since that famed year, the Spartans have redefined mediocrity. Posting a 49-49 record, they have reached just three bowl games.

But positive momentum is surging in East Lansing.

On the recruiting trail, Dantonio has transformed MSU into a legitimate option for high level recruits, bringing in talent typically destined for other locations. A number of local high schoolers who might have selected Michigan, Ohio State, or other BCS colleges earlier in the decade are now choosin...

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