Was Mark Dantonio the latest B1G coach to not understand basic math?
Oh no. Not Mark Dantonio, too.
Last week, Kirk Ferentz raised some eyebrows when he said that he said his team needed to score twice when it was down 14-6. The Hawkeyes unsuccessfully attempted a field goal and Ferentz had egg on his face in the postgame press conference.
It appears he’s not the only coach who struggled with basic math in the middle of a game. Mark Dantonio was asked why his team went for a field goal when it trailed 30-10 in the fourth quarter.
This was his answer:
Dantonio said he kicked a FG down 20 with 10 minutes left because it would make it a two-score game. I'm not sure the staff did the math.
— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) October 29, 2016
Well, 17 points is not a two-score deficit. Like Ferentz, Dantonio’s decision to kick for admittedly wrong reasons is certainly odd.
For a coach of Dantonio’s stature, mistakes like that are few and far between. There’s always a chance that he was thinking of a different situation or that he misspoke.
Still, Dantonio is paid millions of dollars not to say things like that in that moment. That’ll make Saturday’s loss to rival Michigan sting a little more.