Spartans head out to San Diego

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The Michigan State Spartans football team is on its way to San Diego, California for the Holiday Bowl. The team, coaching staff, and families boarded the buses this afternoon at the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.

News 10's Chelsea Snyder spoke to some of the coaching staff and their families about the trip.

"Fired up for San Diego, fired up to go win a football game," said Mike Tressel, Co-Defensive Coordinator.

"I'm excited for palm trees and the warm weather. Basically just being around everyone," said Roya Burton, daughter of coach Ron Burton.

" we are super excited to get out of here and go watch the team and support them and lay by the pool," said Rochelle Allen, wife of Director of Football Operations Tim Allen.

Although the team usually flies out of Capital Region International Airport, the Spartans departed from the Detroit Metro instead.

The first practice in San Diego will be Saturday morning. Afterwards, the team and staff will spend the day at Mission Beach. But it seems like the trip everyone is looking forward to is the San Diego Zoo on Christmas Day.

"It's on my bucket list to go to the San Diego Zoo"

"Yes the zoo..and the beach...and the baby panda"

"Yes the zoo..the best zoo"

"And go to the zoo..yes very excited," said various coach's families.

But lets not forget the Spartans main mission on this trip...

"Go green...beat Washington State," said Mark Dantonio.

The team flew out west on a double-decker plane. News 10 is told this will be the plane's last trip before Delta retires it.

We'll be keeping you updated on the Spartans trip leading up to kickoff at 9 pm Thursday.

News Ten's Chelsea Snyder and Zach Berridge will be reporting live in San Diego.

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