Michigan State kicked off its Big Ten season with an impressive win in East Lansing, 34-24, over Wisconsin on Saturday. Head coach Mark Dantonio originally intended to work the game from the press box, but after a blood clot was found in his leg on Thursday, he was advised to stay away from Spartan Stadium.
Dantonio couldn’t resist congratulating his team after its big win, however, giving a post-game speech in unusual fashion. According to senior linebacker Jon Misch, the coach spoke to his players by speakerphone.
“He said, ’I’m so proud of you guys, unbelievable win,’” Misch said. “People were yelling, ‘I love you, coach! That’s for you!’ and things like that. It was honestly so hard to hear it, but I made out those few words.”
Click over to read the rest of Rittenberg’s article, where he writes that the Spartans are finally learning to play through adversity, helped in part by offensive coordinator Don Treadwell’s bold play-calling.