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Dantonio takes old-school approach at MSU

Updated: February 27, 2007, 12:08 PM ET
By Joe Schad | ESPN.com

Mark Dantonio was taking his staff to a Detroit Pistons game the other night.

"Love basketball," the first-year Michigan State football coach said. "Love Michigan State basketball. Tom Izzo preaches toughness and intensity. If we can match their intensity … "

Izzo was on the school's search committee and helped conduct the interviews that identified Dantonio as a candidate.

"We think alike," Izzo said. "Players play the game, but tough players win the game. ...

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