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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 on News/Talk 760 WJR. “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.

Mark Burnham is MSU’s vice president for governmental affairs. While he’s busy planning the March 17 groundbreaking for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, he joins President Simon and AD Hollis to talk about his important role advocating for MSU in Washington and Lansing. He says getting the FRIB project to this point is his Rose Bowl moment.

He also talks about the challenges term limits present to his ability to get buy-in on some longer term projects like FRIB.

“That’s partly why we’ve established websites like MI Spartan Impact and Spartan Advocate to explain to the different regions of the state why MSU is important to them and help them realize the role MSU plays in their daily lives.” Burnham says.

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