LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's Mark Dantonio and Michigan's Brady Hoke had very different seasons, and their hour-long presentations reflected that Friday at the state High School Football Coaches Association clinic.
With 10 straight victories, including the Big Ten Championship and the Rose Bowl, Dantonio's talk was titled "Winning Thoughts" and often to the Spartans' school-record 13-1 mark. He met with reporters before the speech and posed for photos with coaches.
After losing five of six games in November and December, including the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, to finish 7-6, Hoke declined to answer questions, spoke primarily about tackling and safety issues, then left. He began by introducing new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and invited everyone to visit campus.
While changing a losing culture in East Lansing, Dantonio has taken the program to seven straight bowls, has won the last three and had seen this year's seniors win 42 games in four seasons, the most by any team in the state in nearly a century.
His team had the nation's No. 1 defense for 14 consecutive weeks.
"We had some amazing times and amazing stories," Dantonio said. "Our returning tailbacks had a combined 14 carries. We had questions at quarterback and receiver. And we needed to find a kicker. Somehow, some way, it all started to come together."
Three hours earlier, Hoke reintroduced Nussmeier to the state's coaches. The former Michigan State assistant and Alabama coordinator said he was happy to be back, this time in Ann Arbor, and mentioned Michigan's great tradition and his admiration for Hoke as a person.
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