As Mark Dantonio prepares for Iowa this week, he took some time to reflect back on his first few weeks as a head coach at Michigan State to evaluate what type of team he wanted to model the Spartans after. His thoughts brought him to one team, Kirk Ferentz and the Hawkeyes.
Dantonio said "When I became the head football coach here, I looked at football programs that have some similarities to ours in terms of what challenges they may have and I thought, 'Here's Iowa, good defensive football team, built on toughness, built on stability, continuity on their coaching staff, good fan support. So I felt like that was a program to try and emulate".
Ferentz is in his 13th season with the Hawkeyes and holds a 95-63 record, including a 6-3 (3-2 in conference) mark this season. Dantonio is 40-21 in his fifth season at Michigan State, and currently has the Spartans on top of the Leaders division of the Big Ten at 4-1 in conference play and 7-2 overall.
Michigan State travels to Iowa for a noon kickoff Saturday on ESPN2.