Mark Dantonio announces retirement

Posted at 2:56 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 17:21:36-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University head football coach Mark Dantonio announced Tuesday that he will retire.

Dantonio was hired in 2007 and has led MSU to a 114-57 record over the course of 13 seasons. He is the winningest coach in program history.

“This job has always been a 24/7, 365 day-a-year position. There is no down time and it is filled with the demands and challenges of managing games, players, coaches, recruits, donors, staff, media, an enthusiastic fan base and competition at the very highest level,” Dantonio said in a tweeted letter. “I will miss it all but feel the sacrifices that I have made away from my family must now become my priority at this time in my life.”

Dantonio says in the letter that he plans to stay in the athletic department in a role involving special projects, primarily helping players “transition to their next challenges.”

MSU won the Big Ten title in 2010, 2013 and 2015, and made it to the College Football Playoff in 2015. The Spartans also won the Rose Bowl in 2014.