Mark Dantonio was announced as the 24th head coach of Michigan State University in an early afternoon press conference.
President Lou Anna K. Simon also revealed that Dantonio would begin working at Michigan State today and would not have to wait until after Cincinnati's appearance in, what is likely to be the International Bowl in Toronto, CA.
"While it was extraordinarily difficult to say goodbye, especially to a team going to a bowl game. The coach, our coach, did that today and his contract is effective today. This is our coach, our person, a part of Team MSU."
"This is an opportunity of a lifetime and a dream come true, " gushed Dantonio.
Dantonio outlined what needs to be done to turn around a team that won just one Big Ten game last season.
"We'll do this very, very slowly," said Dantonio. "I've always believed that, whether you're a football player or whatever you do for a living, when things start getting complicated and things start to overwhelm you, you slow the game down. We'll take our time, we'll build it the right way.
"We'll develop relationships with recruits, We'll develop relationships with coaches. We already have strong relationships with a lot of people in Michigan and already have strong relationships throughout the Midwest."
Dantonio rejected the idea that a coach cannot win at Michigan State.
"You see all these people here with all these cameras? I would say that perception is inaccurate. This is a tough job, but every job in America is a tough job. They're having problems at Alabama, [they're] having problems at North Carolina, North Carolina State, Arizona State, they're having problems. Everybody goes through problems. It's how you handle those problems and problem solve that makes the difference."
"I didn't come here to be dragged into the graveyard, " continued the new coach. "I came here to win and to win championships. I know and have been around football long enough that I know how to do that."