Tressel says Dantonio was right man at right time
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Tressel says Dantonio was right man at right time

Former Ohio State coach explains Dantonio's success where others failed

Photo: Mark Dantonio and the Spartans celebrate winning the Big Ten title.

Jim Tressel’s answer to a complicated question seemed too simple coming from the professorial former Ohio State coach famed for his sweater-vest.

Why has Mark Dantonio succeeded at Michigan State when so many coaches before him failed? Tressel had some insight on the subject since he hired Dantonio as a defensive coordinator at Youngstown State (1986-90) and Ohio State (2001-03).

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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