Michigan State Spartans football coach Mark Dantonio spoke to the media on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in East Lansing.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
EASTERN NETWORK – Mark Dantonio made clear on his own future on Tuesday.
The same cannot be said for Michigan assistant football coaches, after a year of mediocre results and anemic production.
Dantonio stated that he would not make any decisions about potential staff changes or retaining "until he weighed everything to the best I could." In his first 12 seasons with the Spartans, the rare moves Dantonio made his assistants came after the season and the cup games.
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Mark Dantonio, middle and assistant coach Mark Staton, left white during the game against Illinois on November 9. (Photo: Carlos Osorio, AP)
"I probably have the most knowledge of what's happening in our football team as to who did what in terms of player, structure, coaching, clerk, all the basic things that go along with it, "Dantonio said during a press conference at which he stated that he plans to return as head coach in 2020." I think I was trying to figure out what works, what I don't do, how to criticize it, what was in control, out of our control, how to evaluate it. I've always made those decisions after the fact. I will continue to do this the best way. ”
After the worst offensive result during his term in 2018, Dantonio moved his assists to various positions, choosing not to fire anyone or ask them to leave. This year, crime was marginally better in some areas and worse in others, and defense backed out, though it returned a significant number of players from the nation's No. 10 ranked team a year ago.
Last year, five attacking assistant coaches, including new coordinator Brad Salem, all signed amendments on March 29 that reduced their contracts to one-year rollovers. Quarterbacks coach Dave Warner, offensive line coach Jim Bolman, tight end coach Mark Staten and defensive back Terence Samuel also have two to one year transfers.
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Brad Salem, left, talks with quarterback Brian Leverke in the fourth quarter Saturday. (Photo: Nick King / Lansing State Journal)
According to their updated contracts, the five assistant coaches must be notified between the end of the season and March 15 each year if the school intends to terminate its contract. MSU will have no financial obligations beyond the terms of their current individual agreements if this were to occur. Otherwise, their contracts will be automatically extended for the next season on April 1st.
“At that time I felt it was justified. I think that's exactly what I wanted to do, "Dantonio said. "I felt it was justified on the basis of how our defense played. Sometimes there is a separation of this type of thing. In the past, these were certain people. This is the decision we have made at this point. "
MSU's offense this fall ranked 107th in total offense (351.3 yards per game) and 110th in points (21.8 points per game) out of 130 schools for the Division of football cups, they are 114th in rushing (123.2 yards), 110th in pass efficiency and 109th in conversion rate in third down.
MSU returning defensive coaches – Coordinator Mike Tresell, defensive back Ron Burton, defensive ends coach Chuck Bulug and defensive backs Paul Haines – all retained their two-year turnaround. New wide receivers coach Don Treadwell, who switched positions with Samuel, also maintained his two-year rollout after rejoining Dantonio's staff entering the 2018 season.
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Mark Dantonio, center and defense coordinator Mike Tressel, left, watch the game at Ohio State on October 5. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
But the defense also receded, ranking 31st in total defense (337.4 yards), 51st in scoring defense (25.6 points) and 71st by allowed meters (231.8). They still rank 14th in rushing (105.6 yards).
This led MSU to a 4-6 record overall and a 2-5 mark in the Big Ten, needing two more wins to get the cup to get right after talking all out of season about it to compete again for the conference championship.
"We thought we were going to have a special season this season," Dantonio said. "You have to deal with things as they are. We will do it, I will do it. ”
Update on Injury
Jalen Nylor Escapes For Yards After Catch Against Tulsa, August 30, 2019 (Photo: Mike Carter, USA Today Sports)
Sophomore receiver Jalen Nyler reappeared at MSU starting depth after being in uniform against Michigan on Saturday for the first time since opening against Tulsa on August 30.  Nylor, who received a right leg injury, did not play in the 44-10 loss to Ann Arbor after going through warmups.
"Helen could probably play some, but he doesn't train," Dantonio said. "He really only practices on Thursday. He wasn't hit, he was bumping around. Safe ball, that sort of thing. He wanted to give it an extra week to get back on its feet. "
Dantonio stated that the former Nevada state champion was training on Monday and is expected to play Saturday at Rutgers (noon, FS1). Nylor retains the ability to roll over as he played last season as a true freshman and appeared in only one game this season with two remaining in the regular season and potentially a bowl game.
Dantonio said that Jacub Panasiuk's defensive end was expected to play at Rutgers immediately, although he was thrown out in the loss by UM of late, blind, cheap QB shot by Shea Patterson in the fourth quarter. Because it was not a targeting foul, Dantonio said, the juniors would not be required to miss the first half. …. Senior defensive end Kenny Wilkes is one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, given annually to the most notable player on a national scale, who began his career as a step forward. He joins California quarterback / kickback Astin Davis, Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship as a finalist for the award, which will be presented Dec. 9 in Springdale, Arkansas.
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