Mark Dantonio wants to make it abundantly clear there is no lingering animosity between him and the coaching staff at Ohio State.
If No. 10 Michigan State can slay No. 2 Ohio State in the championship game Saturday, Dantonio wants the Spartans in the national title conversation.
Also named as finalists Monday were Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
“He’s probably at an 80 percent level, but we need him at 100 percent level,” Izzo said.
Michigan State stays No. 1 for a third straight week in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes.
Stakes will be high for No. 2 Ohio State and No. 10 Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game — though there might be some cool consolation prizes for the loser.
The current schedule of conference championship games with TV schedule …
The Spartans (11-1, 8-0) finished a perfect Big Ten regular season for only the third time. They also did it in 1965 and 1966, when they only had to play seven conference games.
Keith Appling came off the bench to score 17 points and Denzel Valentine and Travis Trice added 15 apiece Friday to power Michigan State to a 98-65 victory over Mount St. Mary’s …
Michigan State’s only game this week is Friday against Mount St. Mary’s.