Report: Michigan State AD has no plans to move on from Mark Dantonio
According to a story from Friday, it appears the all-time winningest coach in Michigan State history is safe for the time being.
The first mark against Mark Dantonio came in 2016, during a 3-9 season filled with off-field issues and plenty of controversies. Dantonio and the Spartans rebounded from that year, going on to win 10 games in 2017.
Unfortunately, the last season and a half has seen plenty of disappointments. The team is just 11-10 since the start of the 2018 season, mainly due to struggles offensively. Dantonio reshuffled his staff during the offseason, but the results this year are eerily similar to last season. Those on-field struggles, along with the ongoing lawsuit with former staffer Curtis Blackwell, have led some to question Dantonio’s future in East Lansing.
Despite those struggles, Michigan State AD Bill Beekman indicated there are no plans to move on from Dantonio in the offseason. Mark Johnson with the Lansing State Journal shared Beekman’s comments:
“It obviously hasn’t been the season we hoped it would be at this point,” Beekman said during a telephone call on Friday. “But we have a lot of football left to play. So we’ll see how the season goes.”
Firing Dantonio over a disappointing 2019 season?
“That is not even a discussion,” Beekman said. “Mark’s our head coach, there’s no question about that.”
As it currently stands, Dantonio still has a shot to rebound this year and post an 11th winning season in 13 years with the Spartans. Less than two years removed from double-digit wins, it looks like Dantonio will get another crack at getting there in 2020. At least for now.