When the Michigan State Spartans opened fall camp on Saturday, head coach Mark Dantonio made it clear that he wants his team to focus on starting over. After an impressive 11-win season in 2011 (which was the team's second 11-win season in as many years), the Spartans head coach didn't want his players to buy into the "media hype" surrounding the team. In order to get this message across, he and every other member of the team (including the coaching staff) wore name tags to reaffirm the concept of starting over at the beginning of the season.
"The single most important area to me is always getting back up, refocusing who we are and try to move forward, regardless of how many games last year we won or did not win," Dantonio said Saturday, as the Spartans' first practice began around him. "It's that presence of mind that you have to go that next next step."
The Spartans will take their first step on Aug. 31 when they play the Boise State Broncos in the season opener.