Top Five Stories In 2010

We look at the Top Five stories from 2010 concerning Michigan State athletics.

1. Big Ten Champions

The Michigan State Spartans earned their first Big Ten Championship since 1990 with a win over Penn State the final week of the season.  The Spartans went 11-1 and shared the conference title with Ohio State and Wisconsin.  Mark Dantonio promised a program capable of winning Big Ten titles and delivered in his fourth season.

2. Spartans Men's Basketball Reaches Final Four

Tom Izzo guided his team to a 70-69 victory over Tennessee and a return trip to the Final Four for a second consecutive year.  The Final Four berth was the sixth since Izzo took over the program as he continues to build the Spartans program into one of college basketball's best.  The Spartans fell to Butler 52-50.

3. Izzo Stays At MSU

With talk of Michigan State men's basketball coach Tom Izzo leaving for the NBA, fans showed their support in the longtime head coach hoping he would make the choice to stay in East Lansing and continue to lead the program he's built into one of the best in college basketball.

4. Mark Dantonio Heart Attack

A short time after beating Notre Dame with one of the most surprising calls of the year, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio was taken to the hospital where it was discovered he'd suffer a mild heart attack.  The news spread quickly and fans wondered what was going to happen during the remainder of the season.  Dantonio missed a few games, but returned and guided the Spartans to one of their best seasons in programs history.

5. Little Giants

It will be a long time before Spartan fans forget about "Little Giants", the surprise call in overtime against Notre Dame that gave the Spartans a victory.  The call showed the gambler side of Mark Dantonio and proved to help his team believe anything was possible.

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