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Dantonio on facilities: ‘Things are moving in right direction’

EAST LANSING – Mark Dantonio likes the direction his football program is headed in terms of facilities.
A summer project that brought significant upgrades to one of Michigan State’s practice fields was complete as the Spartans began preseason camp Saturday morning. Synthetic turf replaced grass and a new permanent video tower replaced the lifts MSU used in the past to film sessions at its practice field.
The upgrades are part of more money being poured into football by the MSU administration over the last few months. Dantonio stressed his appreciation Saturday.
“You can see the tower, you can see the new field, our facilities,” Dantonio said following the Spartans’ first practice Saturday. “There’s no shortage of a conscious effort from our athletic administration to continue to improve us in every way. We came out and talked to (athletic director) Mark Hollis and said ‘Hey, we’ve got to get that turf field down this summer.’ And it was done. Same with the (video) tower.  Same with the new facility (at Spartan Stadium) across the street.
“Things are moving in the right direction. This is a great place to be, but that’s because of the people.”

 

Dantonio said the practice field upgrades were needed and especially will come in handy later this fall.
“We’ve existed without (turf), but sometimes we get thrown inside because of the wetness, especially in the spring,” Dantonio said. “I wanted to make sure we had the opportunity to cross that bridge right now, and to be able to be outside when it’s wet out in the fall – especially in November.”
MSU also has poured money into its football program with the $24-million project for upgrades to the north end of Spartan Stadium, and the recent hiring of Sound Mind, Sound Body camp director Curtis Blackwell to its football staff.
“I think he brings a whole list of people that are involved with him on a day-to-day level,” Dantonio said of his new hire Saturday.
“(We’re) very appreciative of our athletic administration for creating this position for us.”

NOTE: MSU junior defensive end Marcus Rush was named to the watch list for the Ted Hendricks Award.

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16 Responses to Dantonio on facilities: ‘Things are moving in right direction’

  1. avatar jerseyjohn says:

    i have a sneaky suspicion that curtis blackwell will have us on probation within 2 years..i do not see the need for this hire..i hope i’m wrong.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      What causes suspicion, JJ?

      • avatar jerseyjohn says:

        these camps like the one he was involved in are notorious for having sleazy agents and other non desireable hangers on..sort of like the sonny hill and AAU basketball types..like i said, i hope i’m wrong.

    • avatar Jerry Atrick says:

      First off, it’s “sneaking suspicion”, not “sneaky”. Secondly, every major school has a recruiting coordinator; it’s necessary to have someone who can travel to watch prospects play on fall Saturdays. Thirdly, he’s run a clean program in SMSB and built it up by the sweat of his brow. Fourthly, what the hell does Curtis Blackwell have to do with this article? Dumb comment.

      • avatar jerseyjohn says:

        fifthly, you must not read too well because he and this shady camp is mentioned in this article. sixthly, when we get put on probation, i wll be the first one to say i told you so.

        • avatar dmbtierney says:

          Let’s face it, jerseyjohn. Your comments over the last few years officially qualify you as a “Debbie Downer”. If you don’t like our athletic programs, then don’t watch them or comment on them.

          • avatar jerseyjohn says:

            this is a bloggers forum. are you trying to restrict my freedom of speech? i’m just saying that some of these guys spell trouble. how do you think lou holtz left everywhere he coached on probation. it was not only his shennanigans but those of his “head recruiter” vinny cerrato. and don’t forget i was the one who for years told all of you guys how currupt and sleazy penn state was..but all i got was backlash from the closet paterno lovers..i love the spartans and will continue blogging good or bad..as for you, have another glass of green kool-aid.

          • avatar TruGhostifBo says:

            JJ.
            Understand your concern’s. But with Simon, Hollis, & Dantonio, at the helm.
            Dirty Dealings seem highly unlikely..

  2. avatar Ryan McDowell says:

    Yeah, please elaborate more about Blackwell. This is the first and only negative comment I’ve read about hiring him…

  3. avatar headeast says:

    JJ, have you any thing to back up your suspicion on Blackwell or are you just lumping him in with all the dirty laundry of AAU basketball camps and Holtz…I think your out in left field on this one…

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      He is , Dantonio wont allow any shenanigans

      • avatar jerseyjohn says:

        you are probably right. you must admit, however, that this blog has been pretty boring lately and i did manage to generate some traffic.

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Yes I know Graham Couch did the same thing last week, he used the anti couch to generate traffic, he got it up to 31 hits

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Dantonio would rather go 8-5 every year if he had to cheat to win titles Jersey I can’t say that about John L so it depends on who is the boss

  4. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    So baiting the anti couch draws 31 hits

    • avatar TruGhostofBo says:

      81
      So you think “Someday….. Famous” is Graham the Divan?????? Could be, but I’m thinkin’ a little different…. Just for the record, there’s no anti couch feeling from this poster, but then again, “I never said most of the things I said.”…‹(*¿*)›…

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