Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio is stepping down after 13 seasons as the head coach of the Spartans. He announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday.
Dantonio is the winningest coach in Michigan State history after compiling a 114–57 record with three Big Ten championships. However, the Spartans have gone 7-6 in the past two seasons, and Dantonio has been under scrutiny after players in the program were charged with sexual assault.
In the statement posted on social media, Dantonio said his plan is to stay within the Michigan State athletic department “in a role involving special projects, especially transitioning our players, both current and incoming, to their next challenges.”
The front-runner to replace Dantonio is Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell, according to people with knowledge of the athletic department’s thinking. The people said no deal is in place.
Mike Tressel has been named the team’s acting coach as the school searches for a permanent replacement.