Mark Dantonio Steps Down as Michigan State Head Coach and Pretty Much Screws the Spartans

Mark Dantonio
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio | Duane Burleson/Getty Images

After 13 years at the helm, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio is stepping away from the program, citing the need to spend more time with his family.

Dantonio's tenure was marked with unprecedented success and scandal, but Michigan State fans will remember his 114 wins and several victories against their so-called "Big Brother" in Ann Arbor. The 63-year-old changed the perception of Spartan football nationwide, and even started a coaching tree of his own, which includes Pitt's Pat Narduzzi, who will now surely be in the mix for the coaching job in East Lansing should he wish.

The last few years, however, have seen a fall from glory for the Michigan State football program, which included numerous arrests and a sexual assault investigation. While pundits outside of the Great Lakes State called for Dantonio's head, Michigan State remained loyal to the man who built their program up to rival the likes of Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines.

Even as Michigan State struggled on the field, Dantonio seemingly always controlled his own fate, down to the final dime he took from the University.

Surely just a coincidence.