The 2016 MSU football season was an abomination. One reporter who covers the Spartans says MSU failed in every aspect of the game this season, a point that is hard to argue. But was it an anomaly and, if so, how much of one?
In previous posts, I’ve shared how former MSU seasons have gone sour after significant success – even under Duffy – and recently posted a link to a New York Times article in which we learn that Mark Dantonio still talks weekly with his mentor, Jim Tressel, and that even Mr. Sweatervest once suffered through a 3-8 season (at Youngstown State) only to win the national championship two years later.
Michigan State was seemingly riding high, having won two of the last three B1G titles, earned a berth in the FBS playoff, and put together its best recruiting class which included more early enrollees than any other. Coach Dantonio and his staff are putting together another strong recruiting class, so the future is seemingly bright. One member of the 2017 class even tweeted last night that the newest group of Spartans would return MSU to greatness.
Mark Dantonio is unconditionally loyal, and has already declared he will not be making any staff changes. Am curious to know, with other coaching changes in the works across the nation, if any members of the current staff will depart for other opportunities after such a disappointing season. (Sometimes it’s better to self-purge.)
Recruiting and at least one victory each season could get more difficult for the Spartans if P.J. Fleck, whose first coaching job was as a grad assistant at Ohio State under Jim Tressel during the Buckeyes’ 2006 season which ended in a loss to Florida in the BCS title game, leaves Kalamazoo for South Bend. Brian Kelly is apparently looking for other opportunities and Fleck would be a dynamic choice for Notre Dame, which will be seeking a disciplinarian after the academic scandal cost it two seasons of victories.
The Spartans’ first order of business for the 2017 season is a team (soul searching) meeting at 7 a.m. Monday. Put on your coaching cap and share your five agenda items for that meeting. Then include the three changes you’d make as head coach between now and the Spring practice sessions.
Together, we’ll get through this as we are Spartans For Life who have #SpartansWill.