Answering Your Michigan State Football Emails and Questions…

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Can we fire Dan Roushar and hire Lester Hayes, cornerback of the 77 Oakland Raiders? He could supply the “stickum.” Dropped passes cost us at least 2 games this year! Dan

Dan or Lester can’t catch passes.  Whether you like it or not, Dan Roushar will be back at MSU unless he makes the choice to leave.  Dantonio WILL NOT fire him.


I woke up this morning from a horrible dream that we contributed over $3500 for this our 56th season as MSU ticket holders and watched our team lose EVERY Big Ten home game plus lose to Michigan. No, surely it was just a bad dream in which we had been transported back in time to the teams of Muddy Waters, Bobby Williams, or John L Smith. This year’s team was rated number 6 in the country after defeating the mighty Boise State in our home opener….and headed toward the Rose Bowl, so this must be a nightmare.

If only it were. This season has crushed the spirit of even the most devoted MSU fans and supporters and every week Mark stands there and acts philosophical while saying “we will learn from this and get better”….and every week his team tears out our hearts and crushes our spirits again.

While I understand loyalty to his staff, Mark Dantonio owes more loyalty to the season ticket holders and contributors to the MSU program…and candidly to the Spartan Nation of fans. What do we need to do to remind him of that, and that he MUST make changes to his staff to bring our team back to even a shred of respectability that it was just starting to achieve the past three seasons? Jim

Jim, I have said publicly and privately that I think the administration and MSU football are underrating the fan anger and depression over this season.  After the season I will write a lengthy article about what went wrong, but I can sense and feel the pain of you and so many who have emailed.  This fan base is down, worse than I have ever seen it in forty years.  I will write about it and try to put into words what you all are feeling when the season is over.  Normally, I don’t use emails this long or edit them, but yours is indicative of what I am reading and hearing.


Hondo, I personally want to take the time to email and say how much I appreciate your being frank and so direct with your answers.  You don’t take cheap personal attacks, but you are the most blunt and direct of all the writers I read and enjoy.  My question is fairly simple.  As straight forward as you are, do you ever worry about Coach Dantonio or Izzo being angry with what you say?  Kathy

Kathy, I never fear another man.  I can tell you that Mark Dantonio has no problems with what I write.  He expects journalists to attend the games in person and be at practice and at the events he has that are open to us.  If you do, he has no issues at all with you calling them as you see them.  As long as things aren’t personal, if you put in the time, you have his respect.  Izzo despises people who don’t work hard. On more than one occasion he has told me that he appreciates my work ethic.  I am sure they don’t always like what I write, but they do respect my work ethic as I respect theirs.  My job is not to be the politburo.  I am not a public relations firm for the school.  I cover it and it is my job to give you my best analysis of what I see.  That is what I try to do. 

I try to do my best to let you know when I am reporting a fact and when I am reporting an opinion.  Let me give an example.  I do not think that MSU will get super star basketball recruit Jabari Parker. I would love to see him in green and white and I hope Izzo does.  When asked I tell the truth that I don’t think Tom will land him.  It doesn’t mean that I don’t want him to come to MSU or that Tom won’t get him to come to MSU.  It means that in my best opinion I don’t think he comes here.  I can’t tell you how much grief I get for that.  It makes no sense.  I try to be as honest and blunt as I can.  That is my goal and I am glad you appreciate it.


Hondo, while listening to your radio show last week you said repeatedly that MSU had to change with the time and that MSU would make changes to the offense.  You said we would see some minor things if they made a bowl, but a lot next year.  Then Mark Dantonio has his press conference on Monday and almost word for word quotes what you had said the entire week.  What got me thinking was that you didn’t say you hoped he would, you said he would do all of that.  Because Dantonio used your exact words I am assuming that came from inside.  My question is really a comment.  Great job getting the scoop.  I hope he follows through.  Joel

Thanks Joel.  Yes, we did have it at Spartan Nation, but it is our job.   The entire season really pointed some things out to Coach D, but the Nebraska game cemented in his mind that changes had to be made.  He will make changes.  He has no choice.


Hondo, I was standing outside the tunnel after the Northwestern game with my two sons.  They wanted to try to get a Max Bullough autograph.  As we waited I was shocked to hear what some of the parents were saying.  I know coach says that the team is staying together and has good chemistry, but listening to some of the parents I was sad.  I thought about your question and answers last week and you saying that you expected transfers.  After listening for twenty minutes I would have to say you are correct.  Listening to some of the families of players was worse than the actual game.  It was a sad day for me.  Paul

Paul, I can tell you that there are a lot of great parents on this team.  I can also tell you that there are some that are toxic.  That happens for many reasons.  This certainly is not the first time.  With 105 players you are bound to have some.  I will write more about this at the end of the season when we look back at what went wrong, but I agree it is an issue and with more than one parent.


OK everyone, there you go.  Our weekly Q/A article.  If you would like your email to be considered for this article, please add to the subject line Football Q/A.  Email me at

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  1. Pete November 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I can’t help but be amazed by some of the comments in this question and answer article. Dantonio is touchingly loyal to Roushar but, somehow, no one seems to care that Roushar is the ceiling for this program. At best, MSU will place high in the new B10. At worst, they will be bottom feeders. In general, they will still be the “same old Spartans”. This kind of loyalty may be what keeps the “skeletons in the closet” in the big business of football, but it does not give any hope to fans who long for championships.

    I take no comfort in a coach who “wants to change with the times”. Change because a diversified offense with option elements and quarterbacks who can run win football games. Change because you can win more consistently when you know how to win match-ups on the field with athletes who have a variety of skills. Don’t change because “the times are changing”! Meyer must read these quotes from his so-called peers and laugh! It’s like coaching against the Alzheimer’s unit.

    I’ve noticed, too, when the year goes well the coaches get raises and players are said to have been “coached up” but when the year goes bad coaches don’t apologize for their inability to perform under pressure and players get blamed. Are any of the coaches giving up any part of their high salaries to show their commitment to excellence (because they did screw up big time)? Maybe a gesture like this would allow them to take the “high ground” with fans who are bitter and won’t be fooled again.