Dantonio: Conway OK – LSJ Blogs: Hey, Joe

Last line in Rexrode’s piece covering Coach Dantonio’s comments at Big Ten Media Days, which are going on right now in my former home of Chicago:

Keith Nichol is not coming after all, replaced by Aaron Bates. So it’s Bates, Kirk Cousins, Greg Jones. Dantonio said he reconsidered because he wanted to reward Bates for prior achievement, and that he was “projecting” what Nichol would do in the next two seasons at receiver.

Bates, obviously, is not nearly as exciting …

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Average Point Differentials for MSU Coaches

Ran across an interesting stat while watching the Big Ten Network’s Football Preview for Michigan State:

12 losses by 8 points or less since 2007 (Dantonio’s tenure)

The context around the stat was that a focus for MSU this season needs to be doing a better job of closing out games.  The Spartans lost 4 games last year after leading the game after the 4th quarter (against Central Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota) – if my math serves me right, that’s …

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