Michigan State Spartans football
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|Michigan State Spartans football|
|Athletic director||Mark Hollis|
|Head coach||Mark Dantonio
7th year, 62–29 (.681)
|Home stadium||Spartan Stadium|
|Location||East Lansing, Michigan|
|All-time record||656–437–44 (.596)|
|Postseason bowl record||9–14|
|Claimed national titles||6 |
|Conference titles||10 (8 Big Ten, 2 MIAA)|
Green and White
|Fight song||MSU Fight Song|
|Marching band||Spartan Marching Band|
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Penn State Nittany Lions
The Michigan State Spartans football program represents Michigan State University in college football as members of the Big Ten Conference at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. Michigan State has won or shared a total of six national championships (1951, 1952, 1955, 1957, 1965 and 1966), two Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships (1903 and 1905), and eight Big Ten championships (1953, 1965, 1966, 1978, 1987, 1990, 2010 and 2013). Currently 24 former Spartans are playing in the NFL. The team's iconic Spartan helmet logo has been ranked as one of the game's best.
The team competes in Spartan Stadium, a 75,005 person football stadium in the center of campus, though frequently the stadium holds more than 80,000 spectators. Michigan State hired Mark Dantonio on November 27, 2006 as head coach. MSU's traditional archrival is the University of Michigan, against which they compete for the Paul Bunyan Trophy. Michigan State is one of three Big Ten teams to have an annual non-conference football game against the University of Notre Dame.
- 1 History
- 2 Coaching history
- 3 Football facilities
- 4 Records, championships, and notable games
- 5 Rivalry/Trophy games
- 6 Historic games
- 7 Awards Individual awards and honors
- 7.1 National award winners
- 7.2 Big Ten Conference honors
- 7.3 List of Consensus All-Americans
- 7.4 Team Honors
- 7.5 Hall of Fame
- 8 Notable players
- 9 Future schedules
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Starting as a club sport in 1885, football gained varsity status in 1896. Early teams at the then Michigan Agricultural College (MAC) competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), which was chartered in 1888 and is the oldest existing collegiate leagues in the United States. Previously, in 1884, Albion College and Michigan Agricultural had played in the first intercollegiate football game held within the state of Michigan. The MIAA's other charter members included Albion, Olivet and Hillsdale Colleges. The Association's first season of competitive football was in 1894 which by then also included Eastern Michigan University (then Michigan Normal School) and Alma College; Kalamazoo College was added in 1896. In those early years the MAC Aggies could only accomplish one outright league football championship (1905) and share another with Albion (1903). The first decade of the 20th Century generally saw the MIAA and MAC being dominated by either Albion or Olivet Colleges. MSU left the league and became an Independent in 1907.
During the 1950s when Detroit was known as the world's leading automobile manufacturer, Michigan State was often referred to as the nation's "football factory." It was then that the Spartans churned out such impressive models as Lynn Chandnois, Dorne Dibble, Don McAulliffe, Tom Yewcic, Sonny Grandelius, Bob Carey, Don Coleman, Earl Morrall and Dean Look. In 1951, the Spartans finished undefeated and untied to claim a share of the national championship with Tennessee. A second consecutive undefeated season led to a consensus national title in 1952. The team was admitted into the Big Ten as a regular member in 1949. They promptly went on to capture the league championship (losing only one game during the season) and beating UCLA in their first Rose Bowl game. After the 1953 season Biggie Munn, the Spartan coach, turned the team over to his protégé Duffy Daugherty. The team won the Rose Bowl in 1954, 1956, and 1988.
From the creation of Division I-AA (now called Division I FCS) in 1978 through the 2008 season, Michigan State never played a I-AA/FCS opponent, holding out longer in doing so than all but four other FBS schools. The Spartans ended their streak by opening the 2009 season against FCS member Montana State.
On November 27, 2006, Mark Dantonio was hired from the University of Cincinnati to become Michigan State's new men's football head coach. In 2010, Dantonio led MSU to earn a share of the Big Ten Championship after finishing the year in a three-way tie with Ohio State and Wisconsin. He has a 5-2 record against UM. Of the five wins, three came against former Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and two against current Michigan football coach Brady Hoke. Michigan State's streak of 4 wins in a row, from the 2008-2011 seasons, tied Michigan State's best in the rivalry. Dantonio's record also includes a 3-3 mark for the Megaphone Trophy, which goes to the winner of the MSU vs. Notre Dame rivalry football game. Dantonio served as an assistant coach at MSU from 1995-2000, and was Ohio State's defensive coordinator during their 2002 national championship season. and was also an assistant at Kansas and Youngstown State University. He is considered a defensive-minded coach and has been on the coaching staffs of Glen Mason, Jim Tressel and Nick Saban.
When Saban arrived in East Lansing, Michigan prior to the 1995 season, MSU had not had a winning season since 1990, and the team was sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations committed under his predecessor and former mentor, George Perles.
- 1995–1997 – Beginning in 1995, Saban moderately improved MSU's fortunes, taking the Spartans to minor bowl games (all of which they lost by double-digit margins) in each of his first three seasons. From 1995 to 1997, Michigan State finished 6-5-1, 6-6, and 7-5. In comparison, MSU had finished 5–6, 6–6 and 5–6 (prior to NCAA forfeits) in 1992–1994.
- 1998 – On November 7, 1998, the Spartans upset the #1 ranked Ohio State 28–24 at Ohio Stadium. However, even after the upset and an early-season rout of then-highly-ranked Notre Dame the Spartans finished 6–6, including three last-minute losses featuring turnovers, defensive lapses, and special-teams misplays, and failed to earn a bowl invitation.
- 1999 – Saban led the Spartans to a 9–2 season that included wins over Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State, and Penn State. Conversely, the two losses were routs at the hands of Purdue and Wisconsin. Following the final regular-season game against Penn State, Saban abruptly resigned to accept the head coaching position with LSU. Saban's assistant head coach and successor, Bobby Williams, then coached MSU to a Citrus Bowl victory over Florida, giving the Spartans an overall record of 10–2 for the 1999 season. It would be the best season in terms of wins for the Spartans since 1965, and it would see the Spartans reach their highest ranking since the 1966 team. Future former NFL Head Coach Josh McDaniels served as a Graduate Assistant on Saban's 1999 coaching staff.
After returning from US Army active duty, Perles returned to Michigan where he enrolled at Michigan State University and played football under legendary coach Duffy Daugherty. Perles played the 1958 season before his playing career was cut short by a knee injury. Perles then started his football coaching career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State before moving on to the high school ranks in Chicago and Detroit, where his St. Ambrose High School team won their first Detroit City League Championship in 1961. Perles returned to Michigan State as defensive line coach under his mentor, Daugherty.
In 1972, Chuck Noll, head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, offered Perles the position of defensive line coach. In Perles’ first season, the Steelers made the NFL playoffs for the second time in franchise history, the first since 1947, losing to the Miami Dolphins in the AFC Championship Game. In 1974, the Steelers won the first of six consecutive AFC Central division championships and also their first Super Bowl. Perles became the defensive coordinator for the Steelers in 1978 and then assistant head coach under Noll in 1979. During Perles' ten years with Pittsburgh (1972–1981), the Steelers won a then-unprecedented four Super Bowls and became known as the team of the decade for the 1970s, largely on the back of their "Stunt 4-3" defense designed by Perles.
Perles returned to Michigan State University on December 3, 1982. In 12 years, he led the Spartans to two Big Ten Conference titles, seven bowl games and a victory in the 1988 Rose Bowl. The 1987 season marked the Spartans' last outright Big Ten title to date. During the 1987 season Perles and Michigan State beat Southern Cal twice in the same season, once in the regular season and one in the Rose Bowl.
During 1994–1995, an extensive external investigation conducted by the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC. uncovered various infractions including grade tampering by an athletic department administrator. MSU president M. Peter McPherson fired Perles before the end of the 1994 season, and ordered the Spartans to forfeit their five wins for that season. Perles was found "not culpable" . Many fans and alumni believed he was treated unfair. He later went on to be the founder of The Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and is on the MSU board of trustees.
Duffy Daugherty (September 8, 1915 – September 25, 1987) replaced Biggie Munn in December 1953, following Munn's retirement to become Michigan State's athletic director. Daugherty would serve as the head coach at Michigan State University from 1954 to 1972, where he compiled a career record of 109–69–5. Duffy's 1965 and 1966 teams won national championships. Duffy's tenure of 19 seasons at the helm of the Michigan State Spartans football team is the longest of any head coach in the program's history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984.
- 1954–1964 After compiling a disappointing 3–6 record in Daugherty's first season in 1954, the Spartans improved and finished second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State in 1955 with an 8–1 record in the regular season. Michigan State received the conference's invitation to the 1956 Rose Bowl instead of the Buckeyes due to the conference's prohibition against consecutive trips to the Rose Bowl. In Pasadena, the Spartans defeated UCLA, 17–14, for their second bowl win in school history. From 1956 to 1964, Daugherty's Michigan State teams were usually good, three times placing second in Big Ten, but never captured the conference crown. The Spartans did, however, beat Notre Dame eight straight times between 1955 and 1963, a feat matched only by Michigan (1887–1908) and USC (2002–2009). On November 5, 1964, the NCAA found Daugherty's program at Michigan State guilty of NCAA infractions prior to and during the 1957, 1958, and 1959 seasons. Daughtery's football program was put on probation for three years following the 1964 decision.
- 1965–1966 The 1965 and 1966 seasons were the high points in Daugherty's coaching tenure, if not in the history of Michigan State football. The 1965 team finished the regular season 10–0 and ranked first in the country, but was upset by UCLA in the 1966 Rose Bowl, 14–12. Nevertheless, Michigan State was named national champions by the UPI and the National Football Foundation. The 1966 team began the season 9–0 and headed into their final game ranked #2 against #1 Notre Dame at Spartan Stadium on November 19. The #1 vs. #2 showdown, dubbed the "The Game of the Century" by national media, ended in a 10–10 tie. The Spartans did not play in a bowl game following the 1966 season due to Big Ten rules in place at the time that prohibited its teams from playing in the Rose Bowl in consecutive years and barred participation in any other bowl. Notre Dame and Michigan State were declared co-national champions of the 1966 season as a result of the 10-10 tie.
- 1967–1972 Beginning with the 1967 season, there was a decline in the Spartans football program under Duffy. Daugherty's teams in the late 60s and early 70s consistently hovered around the .500 mark, with only his 1971 squad finishing with a winning record (6–5). Under pressure from MSU's administration, Daugherty retired after the 1972 season and was succeeded as head coach by Denny Stolz.
During Daugherty's time in East Lansing, he recruited and coached some of the best players in Michigan State's history, including Herb Adderley, Brad Van Pelt, Bubba Smith, George Webster, and Joe DeLamielleure. He was one of the first college football coaches to field a racially integrated team.
Clarence Lester "Biggie" Munn (September 11, 1908 – March 18, 1975) was head coach of Michigan State from (1947–1953). His 1951 squad and 1952 squad won national championships. Munn retired from coaching in 1953 to assume duties as Michigan State's athletic director, a position he held until 1971. Each year, the Michigan State Spartans football team hands out the "Biggie Munn Award" to the team's most motivational player. MSU's Munn Ice Arena, built in 1974, is named in his honor. Munn was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1959, and, in 1961, he became Michigan State's first inductee into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame. He authored the coaching textbook Michigan State Multiple Offense in 1953.
- 1947–1950 In 1947, Munn and the Michigan State administration, led by university president John A. Hannah, approached Notre Dame president Father Cavanaugh to have his Fighting Irish play the Spartans for the first time since 1921. MSU initially offered to let Notre Dame take 80 percent of the gate, but Cavanaugh insisted they split the receipts down the middle. Munn was the only coach to beat Notre Dame head coach Frank Leahy three years in a row (1950–1952). Starting with a 33-14 win over William & Mary in East Lansing on October 14, 1950 Biggie Munn start his historic 28-game winning streak.
- 1951 The 1951 Michigan State Spartans football team went undefeated and were elected the National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation; however, the rest of the polls voted for the Tennessee Volunteers, who lost in the Sugar Bowl to the Maryland Terrapins, but post season games did not count back then.
- 1952 The 1952 squad continued Munn's undefeated streak going 9-0. Michigan State won a national championship for the second year in a row and for the first time in school history were voted #1 in both the AP and Coaches' polls. Munn was named the AFCA Coach of the Year, coaching MSU to 9–0 record and a national championship.
- 1953 In 1953, Michigan State's first year of conference play in the Big Ten, the Spartans shared the conference title with Illinois and went to the Rose Bowl, where they beat UCLA, 28–20. On October 24, 1953, Purdue upset the Spartans 6-0 ending Munn's 28-game winning streak. The Spartans won the first ever Paul Bunyan Trophy after beating rival Michigan 14-6 in East Lansing.
Shortly after the Rose Bowl victory, MSU's athletic director, Ralph H. Young retired. Munn stepped down from coaching to assume duties as athletic director and remained in that position until 1971. Munn named his assistant, Duffy Daugherty, as his successor to helm the football team. During his tenure as Michigan State's head football coach, Munn tutored 17 All-Americans. His teams have retained the school's top four season marks for rushing-yards-per-game: 1948 (304.5 yards/game), 1951 (293.9 yards), 1952 (272.4), and 1950 (269.3). Munn was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959.
Head coaching records
|Coach||Years||Seasons||Record||Pct.||Conf. Record||Pct.||Div. Titles||Conf. Titles||Bowl Games||National Titles||Conference|
|Chester Brewer||1903–1910, 1917, 1919||10||58–23–7||.699||0||0||0||2||0||0||Left MIAA in 1907|
|Ralph H. Young||1923–1927||5||18–22–1||.451||0||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||0||Independent|
|Charlie Bachman||1933–1942, 1944–1946||13||70–34–10||.658||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||1||0||Independent|
|Clarence Munn||1947–1953||6||54–9–2||.846||5–1||.833||n/a||1||0||2||Joined Big Ten in 1953|
|Duffy Daugherty||1954–1972||19||109–69–5||.609||72–50–3||.588||n/a||2||3||4||Big Ten|
|Denny Stolz||1973–1975||3||19–13–1||.591||14–9–1||.604||n/a||0||0||0||Big Ten|
|Darryl Rogers||1976–1979||4||24–18–2||.568||19–12–1||.609||n/a||1||0||0||Big Ten|
|Muddy Waters||1980–1982||3||10–23–0||.303||8–18–0||.308||n/a||0||0||0||Big Ten|
|George Perles||1983–1994||12||68–67–4||.504||53–42–2||.557||n/a||2||7||0||Big Ten|
|Nick Saban||1995–1999||5||35–24–1||.592||23–16–1||.589||n/a||0||3||0||Big Ten|
|Bobby Williams||2000–2002||3||15–17||.469||6–15||.286||n/a||0||2||0||Big Ten|
|Morris Watts||2002||1||1–2||.333||1–2||.333||n/a||0||0||0||Big Ten|
|John L. Smith||2003–2006||4||22–26||.458||12–20||.375||n/a||0||1||0||Big Ten|
|Mark Dantonio||2007–present||7||63–29||.685||38–18||.679||2*||2||7||0||Big Ten|
- The Big Ten split into the Leaders and Legends Divisions with the addition of Nebraska for the 2011 season. Michigan State has played in the Legends Division from 2011 to present.
Spartan Stadium will enter its 90th season as home to Michigan State football in 2013. Until the 1920s, Michigan State's football team played on Old College Field just northwest of the current stadium. In the early 1920s school officials decided to construct a new stadium to replace Old College Field. College Field, the future Spartan Stadium was ready in the fall of 1923 with a capacity of 14,000. Over the years the stadium grew. In 1935 the seating capacity was increased to 26,000 and the facility was dedicated as Macklin Field. By 1957, upper decks were added to the east and west ends, boosting the capacity to 76,000. That same season Michigan State dropped the name Macklin Stadium in favor of Spartan Stadium.
In 2005 Michigan State finished a new $64 million expansion project to Spartan Stadium. It featured the addition of nearly 3,000 club seats in the "Spartan Club," 24 suites and a 193-seat press box, bringing the current stadium capacity to 75,005. The original World War II-era terracotta cast of the "The Spartan" statue was moved indoors to the atrium of the new structure to protect it from the elements and occasional vandalism, and a new bronze cast was made for outdoors. The 200,000-square-foot (19,000 m2) addition also houses the MSU Alumni Association, University Development and other units.
Spartan Stadium's capacity is 75,005, making it the Big Ten's sixth largest stadium and 23rd largest college football stadium in the country. In 2010 Spartan Stadium had the 19th highest attendance in NCAA Division I FBS. Spartan Stadium is so loud that Stanley Kubrick’s Spartacus (1960) uses a recording of the crowd noise during the 1959 Michigan State-Notre Dame game.
For the 2007 football season, the student section had around 13,000 members. Like the basketball student section (the Izzone), the Michigan State Student Alumni Foundation used to oversee a subgroup in the football student section named "Corner Blitz." When head coach Mark Dantonio took over the football program in 2006, "Corner Blitz" was united with the normal student section. The entire student section now receives a special t-shirt which is voted on annually.
Spartan Stadium has installed three new video boards for the 2012 season. The larger South LED board measures 47.2 feet (14.4 m) high by 114.8 feet (35.0 m) wide for a total of 5,412 square feet (502.8 m2). The two North LED boards measure 31.5 feet (9.6 m) high by 52.5 feet (16.0 m) wide for a total of 1,653.75 square feet (153.638 m2) each. When combined, the three boards measure 8,719.5 square feet (810.07 m2), making it the largest combined board system in the country. Also, the stadium includes a 10 feet (3.0 m) high by 450 feet (140 m) wide ribbon video board along the top of the bleachers in the north endzone, which adds another 4,500 square feet (420 m2) to make a grand total of 13,219.5 square feet (1,228.13 m2).
Duffy Daugherty Building / Skandalaris Center
In 2007 Michigan State expanded its Duffy Daugherty Football Building with a $15 million expansion and renovation project. The face-lift started with construction of the 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) Skandalaris Football Center that features new team, staff and position meeting rooms, coaches' offices, MSU football Players Lounge and The Demmer Family Hall of History. MSU alumni Robert and Julie Skandalaris of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., donated $5 million as the lead gift for the $15 million project. In 2008, weight room was increased in size from 9,000 to 16,500 square feet (1,530 m2) at a cost of $2 million. The complex includes a 86,000-square-foot (8,000 m2) indoor practice facility with a full in-door football field, two outdoor practice football fields and a training room with a rehab and hydrotherapy section.
Records, championships, and notable games
At the completion of the 2012 season, Michigan State's all-time win/loss/tie record is 650–436–44.
Michigan State claims a total of six national championships, three of which are consensus national championships after being declared the national champion by the AP and Coaches' Poll in 1952, the Coaches' Poll in 1965, and the National Football Foundation in 1966.
∗ until 1971-72 season Big Ten schools were forbidden from participating in the Rose Bowl in consecutive years.
* Denotes co-champions
∗ Inaugural Big Ten Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN
The following are bowl game results for Michigan State football:
|January 1, 1938||Orange||L||Auburn||0||6|
|January 1, 1954||Rose||W||UCLA||28||20|
|January 2, 1956||Rose||W||UCLA||17||14|
|January 1, 1966||Rose||L||UCLA||12||14|
|December 22, 1984||Cherry||L||Army||6||10|
|December 31, 1985||Hall of Fame Classic||L||Georgia Tech||14||17|
|January 1, 1988||Rose||W||USC||20||17|
|January 1, 1989||Gator||L||Georgia||27||34|
|December 25, 1989||Aloha||W||Hawaii||33||13|
|December 31, 1990||John Hancock||W||USC||17||16|
|December 28, 1993||Liberty||L||Louisville||7||18|
|December 29, 1995||Independence||L||LSU||26||45|
|December 31, 1996||Sun||L||Stanford||0||38|
|December 25, 1997||Aloha||L||Washington||23||51|
|January 1, 2000||Citrus||W||Florida||37||34|
|December 31, 2001||Silicon Valley Classic||W||Fresno State||44||35|
|December 29, 2003||Alamo||L||Nebraska||3||17|
|December 28, 2007||Champs Sports||L||Boston College||21||24|
|January 1, 2009||Capital One||L||Georgia||12||24|
|January 2, 2010||Alamo||L||Texas Tech||31||41|
|January 1, 2011||Capital One||L||Alabama||7||49|
|January 2, 2012||Outback||W(3OT)||Georgia||33||30|
|December 29, 2012||Buffalo Wild Wings||W||TCU||17||16|
|January 1, 2014||Rose||TBA||Stanford||TBA||TBA|
|Total||23 Bowl Games||9–14||461||557|
- The Megaphone Trophy is awarded each year to the winner of the football game between the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. The rivalry includes games such as the Game of the Century, arguably the greatest college football game ever played. The Megaphone Trophy series record is 33–26–1 in favor of Notre Dame. Notre Dame currently holds the trophy after a 17-13 win in South Bend in 2013.
- The Old Brass Spittoon is presented to the winner of the Indiana–Michigan State football game which was first presented in 1950. Michigan State currently leads the all-time trophy series 42–11–2. After facing each other in one of the so-called protected cross-division rivalry games from 2011 to 2013, MSU and Indiana will continue to face off each year as members of the Big Ten East division starting with the 2014 season. The Spartans currently hold the Old Brass Spittoon after beating Indiana 42-28 in 2013.
- The Paul Bunyan-Governor of Michigan Trophy is a college rivalry trophy awarded to the winner of the annual American football game between the Michigan State University Spartans and University of Michigan Wolverines. The winner retains possession of the trophy until the next year's game. Michigan State currently trails the trophy series 34–23–2, which dates back to 1953. Michigan State has won the Paul Bunyan Trophy for four of the last five years, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2013. The Spartans currently hold the Paul Bunyan Trophy after a 29-6 win in 2013.
- The Land Grant Trophy is named so because Penn State University and Michigan State University are the nation's oldest land-grant universities, both founded in 1855 (Michigan State on February 12 and Penn State on February 22). When Penn State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1993, the Nittany Lions and Spartans have played each other for the trophy in the last week of conference play until the 2010 season. The trophy, designed by former Michigan State coach George Perles, features pictures of Penn State's Old Main and Michigan State's Beaumont Tower. Michigan State leads the trophy series 5–4.(Penn State was forced to vacate 9 victories between 1998 and 2011 due to NCAA sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal) After spending the 2011 to 2013 seasons in opposite Big Ten conference divisions, MSU and PSU will resume playing each other annually for the trophy in 2014. Michigan State is the current holder of the Land Grand Trophy after beating Penn State 28-22 in State College, PA; the victory ensured that the Spartans won a share of the 2010 Big Ten Championship
Game of the Century
|The "Game of the Century" (1966 version)|
|Date||November 19, 1966|
|Location||East Lansing, Michigan|
The 1966 Michigan State vs. Notre Dame football game ("The Game of the Century") remains one of the greatest, and most controversial, games in college football history. The game was played in Michigan State's Spartan Stadium on November 19, 1966. Michigan State entered the contest 9–0 and ranked #2, while Notre Dame entered the contest 8–0 and ranked #1. Notre Dame elected not to try for the end zone on the final series, thus the game ended in a 10–10 tie with both schools recording national championships.
Awards Individual awards and honors
National award winners
Big Ten Conference honors
List of Consensus All-Americans