While Dantonio’s worst season as Spartan’s head coach is well behind him (3-9 in 2016), his worst loss has just come to surface, losing in comeback fashion, after being up 28 - 10 at the half, only to lose 37 – 34 to the Illinois Fighting Illini.
How bad can it be for a guy who’s just now seeing his worst loss well into his 13th season? Not bad, considering all he’s done in his tenure in East Lansing especially considering what he inherited and the quick turnaround he orchestrated, but that’s not the focus. The focus is looking at what all has slowly unraveled during this season, specifically a brutal stretch of October football with games against Ohio St., Wisconsin and Penn St., all of which play into all of East Lansing growing restless with this year’s group of Spartans.
Not only did the Spartans go 0-3 for the month of October, but only managed to combine for a total of 17 measly points.
Once afloat, after failing to make any changes to staff following a 7 – 6 record last season, it’s no question as to why their season is derailing with little if any, foreseeable solutions. Like Michigan, who’s good for dropping a game early in the season ending all “this is the year” conversation, the lone solution to ridicule all frustrations is a win against your rival. For Michigan it’s Ohio St., for Michigan St. it’s a win on the road next weekend in Ann Arbor.
A win on the road against the upward trending Wolverines proves a tall task, but not an impossible one, especially given that neither team has successfully defended home turf during Harbaugh’s tenure.
Back to Dantonio. While seasons endings have not been ideal since 2015, I feel it’s a major over reaction to call for Dantonio’s job. Whether staff change follows the season or not, I think it’s wise that athletic director Bill Beekman give Dantonio another season to see whether or not he can get this program back on track to being atop the Big Ten and its elite contenders, versus the pretenders they’ve been of late.