MSU Football Head Coach Mark Dantonio
Thank you, President Engler. Thank you, everybody, for coming today and being a part of this; I think it’s another relevant moment in Michigan State history.

As things unfolded this spring, leadership was sort of thrust upon Bill Beekman in a rather, probably unusual way, coming from the administration. I really think and believe though that leadership really takes its place in so many different forms. He’s had a unifying force, really for our entire athletic department, since coming on. I’ve found him to be a great listener, as we’ve already heard, but also calm. He has a distinguished presence, I think, at this University. He knows so many different people across the scope of the University from our deans, to our athletic people, our coaches, our administration, and at every step of the way, I think he has been seen as a positive. He is a Spartan. I don’t think there is any question about that, and he has the best interest of all Spartans at heart. I believe that at this point in time, by making this decision, President Engler has given our Michigan State Athletic Department a focus; one focus to be able to move forward with force. I think that’s what we need at this point in time and I’m just thrilled to be a part of this. I want to thank him for having me up here and congratulate Bill. I look forward to working with him, thank you.

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