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“When you live these experiences like the Rose Bowl, you’re living in the moment and don’t really have time to relish what’s happened,” Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. “When you do get a chance to sit back and reflect, you realize it was a special time with special people at a special place.”

Dantonio says he balances all the aspects of his duties as leader of the Spartan football program by prioritizing why he’s coaching.

“For me it’s about impacting and mentoring young people and allowing football to help them reach their goals in and out of football,” he says. “We try to keep our perspective and, as naive as it may sound, not worry so much about the wins and losses.

“The chemistry of our football team really is probably why we’ve won.”

Coach D adds that his number one goal has always been to establish lasting, life-long relationships with his players.

As he begins preparing for the 2014 season, Dantonio says the Spartans are stepping back and reaffirming who they are.

“We’ll strip away everything we’ve accomplished and start back again. We work hard at not letting our guys get complacent or feel entitled. I’m excited about our players’ attitudes.”

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