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Tragedy from the storms that hit the Dallas area Saturday were not lost on Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.

Michigan State returned to AT&T Stadium on Sunday afternoon to continue their prep work to play Alabama on Thursday night in the 80th Cotton Bowl Classic.

Known for his straight ahead focus, Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio knew Saturday night things around the Spartans home-away-from home, Dallas, were not good.

While Dantonio continued preparations Sunday for the 80th Cotton Bowl Classic that has the Spartans playing Alabama, he also was reminded some people around the College Football Playoff Semifinal were not thinking about football.

“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the people that are affected by the tornadoes,” Dantonio said.  “It’s a tragedy.  It puts things into perspective.”

While the Spartans were not in the vicinity of the tornadoes that hit well east of AT&T Stadium, Dantonio knew he needed to keep his team focused on the task at hand during their 2 1/2 -hour practice Sunday afternoon.

“We work on situations, goal line a little bit, different situations and all the things you have to work on,” he said.  “And you continue to work on base things.”

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