Countdown to the Rose Bowl: For second time, Izzo must root from afar
EAST LANSING — The Spartans’ return to the Rose Bowl is one of the greatest stories in school history. It’s taken 26 years, borrowing a phrase from coach Mark Dantonio, to complete the circle.
“One of the things that I always say to our football team,” Dantonio says, “is everybody here has a story.”
In our Countdown to the Roses, we’ll tell some of those.
Perhaps Michigan State’s biggest football fan won’t make it to Pasadena.
That’s because Tom Izzo and his Spartans open the Big Ten men’s basketball season at Penn State on Dec. 31, 24 hours before the football team kicks off in its first Rose Bowl in 26 years.