IT HAS LONG been MSU’s misfortune to share a state with the most victorious program in college football history. But in this Year of the Spartan, the Michigan game on Oct. 17, five weeks before Ohio State, especially encapsulated Sparty’s good fortune.
To say it’s been an uphill climb for the Michigan State football program to be where it is today would be an understatement. The program has been a case study for inconsistency since the time Duffy Daugherty retired from coaching. There has been seven head coaches since Duffy and there has never been a level of consistent winning until Dantonio arrived in East Lansing. Gaining any type of respect has been hard because of the history of the program, not to mention the success of the University of Michigan program under Bo Schembechler and the coaches that followed him. In the state of Michigan, they get all the publicity. So, for lifetime Spartan fans such as myself, we are enjoying the success of the Spartan football program and are optimistic that it will continue.