Thursday, July 28, 2011

MICHIGAN STATE COACH DANTONIO ON TRESSEL: HE'S 'A TRAGIC HERO'

Mark Dantonio
CHICAGO — Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio, who was an assistant for former Ohio State mentor Jim Tressel during their BCS championship campaign in 2002, had some heartfelt felt words for his former boss on Thursday afternoon in Chicago.

When asked about all that went down in the Tattoo-gate scandal in Columbus, which cost Tressel his job as head coach of the Buckeyes in May, Dantonio didn't hold back from paying his respects ...

"Very heart wrenching for me and my family because we're close to Coach Tres," Dantonio said at the Big Ten Media Days on Thursday. "He's had a lot to do with my life as a mentor really since 1983, and that's a long time. That's a tough situation.

"As I mentioned out there, he's done a lot of good for college football. Every person he's come in contact with as a player and a coach, he's made a positive impact on their lives. To me, it's tragic. He becomes a tragic hero in my respect, in my view.

"Usually tragic heroes have the ability to rise above it all in the end and that's what I'll look for in the end (from Tressel)."