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Statue, hall planned for MSU football coach

December 7, 2013
By BURT ANGELI - Sports Writer , The Daily News

ScuttleBu(r)t ...

Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio will likely land a nice bonus for beating Ohio State in the Big Ten Conference football championship tonight.

There's also another prize in the waiting - his own statue.

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A spokesman for the Dickinson County chapter of the Mark Dantonio Statue Committee announced big plans if the Spartans beat the Buckeyes.

"If he accomplishes that (winning the Big Ten), we intend to build an Italian American meeting hall and name it after him with his statue at the front entrance just like Lombardi welcomes you to Lambeau Field," the spokesman declared.

However, a local U of M fan, who credits the Wolverines for giving Michigan State the perfect scouting report to beat the Buckeyes, offers this warning:

"As for the groundbreaking ceremony, make sure they have that statue nearby because if the MSU offense doesn't show up, they may throw the real Dantonio in the open hole."


Michigan State is a six-point underdog to Ohio State. This should be a dandy pitting the Spartans' rock-ribbed defense against the Buckeyes' high-powered offense ...

Rough-and-tough Daily News sports department watched the "Sound of Music" waiting for coaches' calls Thursday. Yes, there's a striking resemblance between Carrie Underwood and a local drug store manager ...

Congrats to Norway's Miranda Zygiel, daughter of Rose and Tony, on her first girls basketball coaching victory. Miranda's Florence jayvees outlasted Goodman-Pembine in double overtime Thursday.

Bobcats varsity coach Katie Kilton was impressed to hear Miranda's mom played for Norway's 1979 Class D state champion ...

Record-breaking tailback Justin Brilinski returns for state runner-up Menominee next season.

Brilinski erased Maroons coach Joe Noha's record of 95 completions in a season (101). The junior passed and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each department.

Noted Noha: "We don't have any Division 1 players, but we have players who play with Division 1 heart." ...

From Brad Dickson, "Green Bay guard Josh Sitton called the Lions "dirtbags." It may be time to rethink having these two play on the day to give thanks." ...

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