(AP) Three months ago, Mark Dantonio was in and out of the hospital,
trying to recover from a heart attack.
Now his Michigan State team is fresh off a Big Ten title,
preparing to play on New Year's Day against the defending national
The Spartans have been one of the country's biggest surprises in
2010, stunning Notre Dame with a fake field goal in one of the
season's top plays, then going on to capture a share of the
conference championship. They've won with both flair and grit, and
on Saturday the seventh-ranked Spartans will face 15th-ranked
Alabama in the Capital One Bowl.
Dantonio was an assistant on Alabama coach Nick Saban's staff
when Saban was at Michigan State during the late 1990s.
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