Mark Dantonio has no plans on leaving Michigan State. At least not right now.
Tuesday, Dantonio met with the media for his weekly press conference as Michigan State limps into next Saturday’s game against Rutgers on a five-game losing streak. While talking with reporters Dantonio was asked directly if he plans to be the head coach in East Lansing when the 2020 season kicks off. He had a one-word response to that question.
“Yes,” Dantonio said.
Dantonio admitted that he doesn’t exactly have 100 percent control of his destiny, but if it’s up to him, he’ll be on the sideline at Michigan State next season.
“My intentions are there. Absolutely,” Dantonio said. “My father always taught me to complete circles, and that’s what I’m trying to do.
“When you start something, you want to finish it…That means not quitting in the middle of something when you don’t think something is finished. So, I don’t think I’m finished.”
Michigan State is sitting at 4-6 this season and has lost to Michigan in back-to-back years. With the offense struggling to find its footing in the last two years, many believe Dantonio could walk away at the end of the season. Clearly, he’s denying those rumors.
Dantonio was also asked about his message to recruits right now, knowing that other teams might be recruiting against him, using his uncertain future to lure prospects away from Michigan State.
“I talk about living in the present, I talk about my relationship with them as a recruiter right now,” Dantonio said.
Michigan State needs wins in the next two games against Rutgers and Maryland to finish the season with a 6-6 record and earn a bowl bid. It would be a way to salvage the season when hopes were so high coming into the 2019 campaign.
If the Spartans can’t win out, Dantonio’s future will be under even more scrutiny.