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Friday, December 6, 2013
Notes from Mark Dantonio in Indy

By Adam Rittenberg

INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio called the Big Ten championship game "a life moment."

Win or lose, Dantonio and his players will remember Saturday night for the rest of their lives. They hope it ends with a trophy and a guaranteed trip to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1987 season.

Dantonio was relaxed and often philosophical during his pregame news conference Friday as he reflected on his team's journey back to Lucas Oil Stadium after a disappointing 7-6 campaign in 2012. The Spartans aren't strangers to this stage after appearing in the inaugural Big Ten title game in 2011.

As MSU's bus turned toward Lucas Oil Stadium on Friday, "it became a reality," Dantonio said.

Here are some notes, quotes and more from Dantonio's media session: