Mark Dantonio announces retirement, addresses media

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EAST LANSING, MI (WILX) -- Former Michigan State University Head Coach Mark Dantonio addressed the media Tuesday after announcing his retirement on Twitter.

The news shocked many Spartan fans Tuesday afternoon and the questions of why the former coach decided to retire now were answered.

He told the media he thought it was time for a change.

"You know people ask me all the time 'hey coach, what do you like to do in your off time?' I can't even give them an answer. I look at myself and say what hobbies do I have? I'm a bad golfer," Dantonio said.

Dantonio said the decision came after talking with his family.

"This is a decision that had been weighing on me. I don't think this is a big secret, probably for quite a while. I'm going to be 64-years-old," Dantonio said. "Some of those things you can't control come across your desk as well. So it's the things like that I fell like that I just found myself never having an opportunity to come up for air."

He said coaching was a 24/7, 365-days-a-year job.

He said he believes MSU will get a great coach who cares about the future of the MSU football program.

During the conference, Dantonio said he wanted to thank his players and the MSU community.

He spoke for about a half-hour, getting choked up while reflecting on his time as head coach at MSU.

Following Dantonio, MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman also addressed the media.

He spoke about the future of the football program. He said he has spoken with Dantonio about possibly teaching a class on leadership among other ideas. He said Dantonio wants to be actively engaged with student-athletes.

Dantonio is the winningest coach in MSU football history with a 115-57 record as coach of the Spartans from 2007-2019.

His team won the Rose Bowl in 2013 and made the playoffs in 2015, as well as many Big Ten Championships under his belt.

Mike Tressel will step in now as the interim head coach for Michigan State. Beekman said the search for a permanent head coach will be as swift as possible.

You can watch both Mark Dantonio and Bill Beekman's addresses at the bottom of this article.

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