The Spartan Podcast

MSU Today on News/Talk 760 WJR

January 2nd, 2014

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Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with Steve Courtney and Tom Izzo.

WJR’s Steve Courtney has just finished hosting his seventh season of MSU/WJR Tailgate Show that airs on 760 AM before each home football game at MSU.

“What a special season Coach Dantonio and his staff and players have put together for us this year,” Courtney tells President Simon.

Coincidentally, Steve began hosting the show in 2007, the same season Coach D took over the reins of the Spartan football program.

Simon, Hollis and Izzo reflect on the hiring process in 2006 that led to the hiring of Dantonio as MSU head football coach.

“What resonated with me as the process began was President Simon saying ‘don’t pick who you want, pick what you want,’” says Hollis. “It was really about fit.”

The close relationships and unity between the coaches throughout Spartan athletics is unusual, points out President Simon.

“There’s a bond here that if we ever lose that, that’s the day I hope I walk out the door because it’s special,” adds Izzo. “One of my biggest joys in this job is helping my fellow coaches with recruiting. And I have the privilege of working with an accessible president and an innovative AD.”

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