Michigan State's Dantonio announces retirement

Ross Houston
February 4, 2020

Mark Dantonio, who spearheaded a program revival and won more games than any football coach in Michigan State history, is done after 13 seasons leading the Spartans. "'Someday there will be someone else here talking to you from this podium.' That day has come".

So the college football coaching carousel wasn't done after all.

A two-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, Dantonio became the winningest coach in MSU football history with his 110th win on September 21, 2019. The suit alleges that Dantonio violated NCAA rules by accompanying Blackwell on in-home recruiting visits and allowed a booster to make promises of "providing the parents of star recruits jobs/employment upon signing to play for MSU". Dantonio was deposed in early January.

Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel will be the acting head coach while Michigan State seeks a replacement for Dantonio. According to MLive.com, "Blackwell continues to say he was made the "fall guy" following a 2017 on-campus party where three MSU football players allegedly sexual assaulted a female".

Fickell is now the head coach at Cincinnati where he's led the Bearcats to a 26-13 record over the last three seasons. "I know the entire Spartan nation joins me in wishing Mark the best in retirement, and I look forward to having him still engaged with the university moving forward". The 115 wins are a program record.

Dantonio leaves shortly after receiving a $4.3 million bonus.

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