MSU football: Dantonio + Patterson = Spicy Garlic wings & Buffalo Chips with cheese

Generally, pre-bowl game teleconferences a few hours after the pairings are announced yield very little information of substance. But one interesting tidbit to come out of the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl call tonight is that MSU coach Mark Dantonio and TCU’s Gary Patterson consider each other good friends.

Their relationship grew while Dantonio was at Cincinnati coaching against Patterson’s Horned Frogs in Conference USA (aside: sure feels like a lifetime ago that those two schools were in that league). They’ve gotten closer, Patterson said, while attending Nike coaching clinics and retreats together over the past few summers.

“We’ve always enjoyed each others’ company out there,” Dantonio said. “He’s a great, great guy and obviously a great football coach.”

Patterson said he has also been able to spend time getting to know Dantonio and his wife, Becky, away from the game.

“I really like him, as far as the kind of man he is and what he stands for,” Patterson said. “It’s gonna be fun being in a bowl game with him. Obviously, you gotta compete in the three hours that night. But outside of that, we’re excited about the opportunity.

“You always like it when you can be in a situation when you’re around friends, where you get a little bit more time around them. As coaches, we never get a chance to do that.”

Dantonio won their lone Conference USA meeting in 2004 – his first year at Cincinnati – 21-10. The Horned Frogs left for the Mountain West Conference the following season.

TCU moved into the Big 12 this season, finishing 7-5 overall and in a four-way tie for fifth in the conference at 4-5. Patterson is well-versed on MSU’s primary weapons and defensive strengths, pointing to running back Le’Veon Bell and tight end Dion Sims as two Spartans whom his own staunch defense must contain.

“We have our hands full, obviously,” the 52-year-old coach in his 12th season at TCU said. “It’s one of the biggest teams we’ll have played this season.”

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45 Responses to MSU football: Dantonio + Patterson = Spicy Garlic wings & Buffalo Chips with cheese

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Good Story Chris, this should be a defensive battle, perhaps similar to Boise State?

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Silverman has his Pinocchio pulling the Buddy James coward’s act of showing up after the next post is up.

      • avatar MGoBlow says:

        I love Marky Walmart – we all need a punching bag to abuse now & again. I just wish he was a little more intelligent so I could get a little better mental workout!

        • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

          well he is a scUM fan so him being unintelligent goes without saying

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Just remember he’s only a janitor acting as Silverman’s puppet. So what you are really saying is you wish a post grad student from AAJC was more intelligent so you could get a better mental gymnastics work out than is currently available?

          Another heads-up then, don’t bother reading Cracker’s threads, talk about “see spot run”.

          • avatar MGoBlow says:

            It’s near impossible to be successful if the fanbase/ readership believes the writer is biased AGAINST the school’s sports teams that the journalist is paid to cover. When is the LSJ going to figure out that they made a poor hiring decision & send him back to K’zoo.

          • avatar LeeBee says:

            Hey, USMC, you might want to check out the scintillating conversation going on with his latest blog. You don’t have to read the Cracker’s stuff.

  2. avatar LeeBee says:

    Sounds like a friendship based on solid principles. I remember Bo, Denny (or Darryl) and wives were great friends — until Denny (or Darryl) beat him and they never talked again.

  3. avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

    I saw that Maxwell, indicated that Coach Dantonio was going to install some QB running plays. Uh, let me see, how do I put this………. Coach, why don’t you concentrate on fixing some of the problems that resulted in your team being 6 and 6, before you add any new “Wrinkles” to the offense. There are Spartan Marching Band Sousaphone Players, coming out of the North Tunnel during Pre-game that are faster than the current Quarterback, for crying out loud….. Why not work on the little things like making 1 yard on 3rd and goal instead of losing 3 yards. Or maybe, when it’s 3rd and 8, The QB is given ZERO pass protection, or the receivers go 4 yards and come back to catch the pass, or the QB throws into double coverage. Or maybe having something as simple as having 11 men on the field not 13 or 10. Or my favorite, Calling a time out to get everybody on the “same page” and then, lining up off side or moving before the snap, or watching with the deer in the headlights look, as the opposition runs untouched into the end zone because of blown coverage. I could go on about playing it safe on 3rd down so we can kick a field goal. But you get my drift.

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      You may want to look at the play by play recaps of 2012 to add to your repertoire of MSU offensive futility. I submit for your amusement; 8 out of every 10 plays called on 3rd and 3, or less, were pass plays; or 31 0f 35 red zone first down plays were … runs, or 3 out of 5 plays called after a gain of 5 or more yards on 1st were … pass plays. After the loss to Iowa, 4th down conversion attempts were non-existent… excluding the fake punt against the gulos.

      Now, some games bucked these tendencies by exhibiting numerous run plays on 1st & 2nd downs for successive series … MAC opponents and the rain soaked Iowa game and after taking the lead against the Gophers.

      You were not alone in doubting the offense’s ability.

      • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

        Yup… That and on the few occasions that the passing game was clicking, they cross the 50 using the pass and somebody decides It’s time to become a “Power” running team. and then are forced into kicking Dantonios’ beloved field goal.
        Somewhere, somehow, this team lost something this year.
        Whether it was the “keeping the game close to kick a field goal and win” or “Game of inches” mentality.
        Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Insanity. That goes for play calling and players, in my opinion.

        • avatar MGoBlow says:

          Agreed – “Somewhere, somehow this team lost something this year” – 6 games so far! Unfortunately, this will not change as MD does not put teams away – he allows them to hang around by playing the %s of winning the field position game which came back to bite us in 4 games in 2012 that we should have won as the D was left on the field all game – got gassed & then wilted in crunch time (Iowa, UM, Neb, & NW). If the offense had just been mediocre – we would probably be in the Rose Bowl. This is a championship defense, but the offense & the coordinator are pop warner caliber – sorry I mean Dave Warner caliber!

        • avatar MayoSpartan says:

          Of the 42 ROUSHAR Mystery Trips to the RED Zone, the first play called were RUNS 34 times (2 Penalties) and 10 pass plays with 80% COMPELETION RATE !

      • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

        That’s a counterintuitive stat about 1st down runs in the RZ this year; the Spartans actually lead the B1G in 1st-down pass attempts this season. Which only illustrates the Dantonio tendency to move the ball on opponents, then inexplicably reject what has worked offensively–frittering away scoring opportunities.

        (Your 4th-down stat is simply wrong; MSU attempted two 4th-down conversions against Northwestern.)

        Bad news for MAxwell haters from an MLive article:

        “[2013 QB commit Damion] Terry said he has been told Andrew Maxwell is the starting quarterback heading into 2013, but Dantonio will be looking for a No. 2 guy that could ‘see some snaps.’”

        • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

          The problem with the QB position, is both a stubborn coach and player. Nobody “hates” Maxwell, that I know of. Why in the world would Dantonio tell an all world QB that he has no chance to start, especially when he’s sitting on 6 & 6 record?
          If this kid can inspire this team and Dantonio doesn’t play him, a 6&6 record will look great.
          People will put up with some stubborness and eccentricity from a coach that’s winning but not one that fields a .500 team

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            One of two things:

            Brutally unwise sincerity,
            a message with subtext: “When it’s your time, I’m not going to let you be upstaged by whomever we recruit afterwards.”

        • avatar MayoSpartan says:

          Right again dear, MSU ran a run play on 4th and goal in the first quarter and the last play of the game was an incomplete pass on fourth.

          Clarity. MSU did not attempt a 4th down conversion between the red-zones before the second half of the season with plenty of time on the clock. How’s that?

          • avatar MayoSpartan says:

            jeeze …. did NOT run a 4th down the second half of the season…

          • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

            Yes–except for the fake punt v. MI.

            I have an erratum: MSU is third in the B1G in 1st-down pass attempts–as noted by “ScoWes” in a TOC article comment. (With AM, it’s been enough to lead to many 2nd & 10s; a bad thing for offensive Success Rate.)

        • avatar Spartan 81 says:

          Thats how it started with Cousins and Nichols too,

          A journey of a thousand completions begins with the first snap grasshopper.

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  5. avatar The Tanner says:

    Texas Tech tough test baby !!!

    Coach D friend up coach baby !!!

    Capers get PT baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the good baby !!!

  6. avatar superstate says:

    May be off topic on the discussion thread. Heard that Parker spoke on Friday that he was definitely playing one year of college ball and that Coach Izzo and Coach Stephens went to Chigaco on Saturday night (source Mlive) to watch him play (or be seen by Parker) his first game back from an injury. Has anyone heard the same?

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      It’s all over the blog-o-shere

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        First time poster? You’ll get inside info over on MLive, none of the Spartan coaches want to or will talk to the supposed Beat Writer here @LSJ. The guy – I call him Cracker – has alienated ALL the Coaches and, as MGoBlow has indicated, we are just waiting for him to be sent back to his precious MAC town of KZoo. Then they might give the job to somebody who actually wants to follow the Spartans without being negative about every aspect of his approach. Just look at his negative article about the Bowl game and you can see why Coach Dantonio won’t have a thing to do with him.

        • avatar superstate says:

          I have been around for a while. Do not post much. Enjoy your war on the BTN for one. Enjoyed the LSJ when Joe was in control. Agree, he was over at MLIVE prior to his invasion of the LSJ. Do not care for his writing/attitude. Why is the LSJ still try to nick and dime anyone that tries to read an article? At least the blogs are still free, for now…

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Joe’s articles at Freep are free. The reason nobody followed him to Hey Joe over there is the Facie-Bookie requirement. Both Chris and Brian do a great job here (along with all the other penny pinching chores they are stuck with) People left this site because of the pay per view requirement. (Just a stupid and counter productive idea by a desperate paper) The blogs will be vacant if they charge a fee, believe you me. (kinda like Cracker’s is now)

        • avatar marky mark says:

          Couch needs to go!!!! How dare he speak the truth about sports, doesn’t he realize that in sharty land a 2 point loss is the same as a win?

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            Be afraid wolverine for the marine has been alerted to your prescience and comes to unleash his fury.

            Be prepared for shock and awe, the marine holds the wolverine in low regard

          • avatar Tru Ghost of Bo says:

            Yes, we understand as m men that there are those in the media, that must tell the truth. Although Couch is a newf, who’s opinion therefore doesn’t carry the weight or truth of those like our corresponding great truth teller, Drew Sharp. who penned that “We failed miserably” “Mediocrity should never become a consolation.”
            “But that’s precisely where Michigan remains in Hoke’s second year.” We must learn to accept that we are the epitome of failure, considering our pre-season hype.
            We must learn to be proud, hold our gulo heads high and boast of being the leaders and best failures…… We can reign supreme at being the great failures that we are.

          • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

            hey moron, at least you realize scUM and MSU are only 2 pts away from having the same record, yeah your wolverweeenies are soooo much better than MSU !

    • avatar headeast says:

      I believe he said he would be in college next year, not on a mission, didn’t see where he said one year of college ball.

      • avatar superstate says:

        Well, if he commits with MSU, would love to see at least two. Magic stayed after his freshman season and look what it got us – 1979 NCAA championship!

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          There’s no if, when Coach Izzo has gotten this involved, he has always gotten his man (which Cracker would never understand because he can’t even spell much less grasp loyalty and/or honor)

  7. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    What’s really a joke is the polls. It makes no difference what sport you are talking about, if you aren’t a Paris Hilton, you don’t get any votes.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Well not exactly vacant Marine , he has two posts on his blog from Saturday here they are

      1. LeeBee says:
      December 1, 2012 at 7:51 pm
      You can always be counted on for a little negativity. applied for that transfer yet?
       headeast says:
      December 1, 2012 at 8:16 pm

  8. avatar marky mark says:

    That was a nice article, well written. I see he has more posts now.

    marky mark says:
    December 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

    You sharty’s can always be counted on for a little whining. Thanks for stopping by, comeback when you learn how to handle the truth.

    marky mark says:
    December 4, 2012 at 1:39 am

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Be afraid the marine is coming , your arse is grass and the marine is the lawn mower.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      We all have to understand that Markie Mark didn’t even get his GED, so for him to be posting at all is a great accomplishment. When he reads at a 5th grade level of comprehension, that’s good, too. Remember that every word he types is directed (and probably spelled correctly by Silverman with the help of an on-line dictionary) by the real and true Goldgirl.

      You keep getting that money and sending me my $20 and I’ll keep acting like I care.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      damn how many breaks does Walmart give you? I’m going to have to talk to the management !

  9. avatar The Tanner says:

    The Couchster write blog baby !!!

    Joe jump over blue wall baby !!!

    Bird don’t do nothin baby !!!

    The Tanner got the inside scoop baby !!!

  10. avatar MSUDersh says:

    I’m looking forward to this one. For me, Spicy Garlic was always my #2 sauce, behind Hot BBQ. Though when I was at MSU, BW3 (it was still Buffalo Wild Wings & Weck) was in a basement on MAC & Albert, and they had about half the sauces that are now listed on the website – a lot of those sound really good.

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