Mark Dantonio was getting tired of answering the same question on Tuesday morning. With Michigan State dropping its fifth-straight game and falling to 4-6 on the season with a loss to Michigan, there were plenty of questions about Dantonio’s future in East Lansing.
A few times, Dantonio was asked questions regarding his future as head coach. At one point, he was asked if his intention was to return for the 2020 season, and his response was simply “Yes.”
When asked what his incentive was to return, Dantonio referred the media to a short story about picking out his sleepwear one night after a long day at work. That shirt had the Rose Bowl logo on it, and provided the perspective the head coach needed as motivation.
“It sort of sent the message home to me that, hey, there’s been a lot of success here. A tremendous amount of success here,” Dantonio said. “That can happen again, and that can happen under my watch. So, that’s what I felt.”
Dantonio is 111-57 in 13 seasons at Michigan State. His team’s have played in bowl games 12 times and he’s won three B1G titles and made one College Football Playoff appearance. Below are his full comments from Tuesday.
Picture this: Mark Dantonio readies for bed and sees an iconic insignia on his sleepwear.
It was a 2014 @rosebowlgame shirt, and it provided perspective.
"There's been a lot of success here. . . . That can happen again, and that can happen (on) my watch." pic.twitter.com/LqubdlmFxh
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 19, 2019