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Mark Dantonio feels the Spartans have earned being part of the Big Ten Networks show Green And White Days.

Something all Michigan State fans will be waiting to watch is the extended coverage provided by the Big Ten Network as they following the Spartans as they prepare for the 2016 season. Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio was asked a few questions about this new access he’s providing.

Reality television has taken the world by storm and the Michigan State Spartans will become the latest football team to allow camera crews to view things not many on the outside have ever seen.

Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio was asked about his decision to allow cameras to follow his team and made sure to let people know he’s also added another title to his job description.

“I get to be a producer, so I get to go, ‘Cut.’  Like right now, I can do that,” said Dantonio laughing.

Dantonio only had to look across the Big Ten for reasons to allow this access as Ohio State was featured a season ago.

“I thought what they did last year when they took care of Ohio State down there.  I thought that was an impressive show and I thought we could do something like that and it would be good for the program,” he said.  “This is the first time we have ever allowed this.  But, I felt like this program has sort of earned that opportunity and our players have earned that opportunity.”

Was there any debate on allowing camera crews to following his team?

“I thought about it for a couple of days,” he said.  But, I thought there was a lot more positive than negative going into it.  The positive outweighed the negative, so we went along with it.  It has been a good experience so far.  There have been no problems.”

While some might feel this is a good thing for recruiting, Dantonio felt otherwise when he decided to allow this to happen.  However, he can see the benefits.

“I think the current players here need to learn how to handle themselves around cameras a little bit, so that is a positive for them,” he explained.  “But, I also think it shows Michigan State’s program.  As long as you are doing it right, it is good for recruiting and it is good for our fan base.”

The Big Ten Network will start airing Green And White Days giving an inside look at the Michigan State Spartans when it premieres on August 18th.


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