"We had one winter workout already, just to get to know our players a little bit," said Dantonio.
He talked about what he saw from the talent that is returning to East Lansing.
"[It was] very good. I thought our players came ready to go. We had some injuries from the past season, some surgeries and such but we really just put a number on our guys, with a name...and I had Mark Dantonio on mine," joked the coach, " so they would know who I was and all the coaches had their names on theirs. I think it's just important that we all get to know each other."
Dantonio said the reason for the workout and the meeting was to respect how the change in the coaching staff affects the lives of his players, coaches and staff.
"In all respects, there's a great deal of people who are affected by this and they deserve our utmost respect."
NOT GOING JC ROUTE? Unlike his predecessor John L. Smith, Dantonio doesn't appear to be going to the junior college route to fill up his class with players. He explained why he hasn't taken any junior college players among his recent commitments.
"Right now, with our situation the way it was - we came in here late November - I think it's too fast to go and find a junior college guy who'll come out at mid year and know all there is to know about that guy from a character standpoint, academic standpoint and a playing standpoint. If we take a junior college player, it'll obviously be somebody who'll probably come in May."
Explaining his reasoning on the subject the coach said, "we need to make good decisions, not just decisions based on a film. We need to meet and evaluate the people we're dealing with."