Less than a week before his Michigan State Spartans will play for the Big Ten Championship, head coach Mark Dantonio is named the Big Ten Coach of the Year.

Dantonio led the Spartans to an 11-1 regular season record, plus the Spartans finished with the nations top ranked defense.

Not to bad for a season that started with more questions than answers.

Dantonio won The Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year honor from the head coaches, and the media voting followed suit.  Dantonio was quick to spread the credit for the award though saying,

It's humbling, first of all, but to me, it speaks about our staff, we have had great continuity here. We have had an outstanding staff and they do a tremendous job on the field.

Michigan State will face their toughest challenge this Saturday when they take on Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game.  Kickoff is at 8pm.

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