Before he was the star running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Le’Veon Bell played under coach Mark Dantonio at Michigan State for three years, accumulating 3,346 rush yards and 33 touchdowns over that stretch.
With his Steelers having played already on Thursday, Bell thus took a trip to East Lansing over the weekend to take in the Spartans’ game against Oregon. After Michigan State won 31-28, Bell stopped by the locker room to say hi to his former coach, and then posted a selfie of the two on Instagram in which he called Dantonio “the best coach in the nation.”
It’s hard to argue with Bell’s sentiment, despite the fact that Dantonio has never won a national title. Currently in his ninth season with the team, he has gone 77-31 (45-19 Big Ten) and won two Big Ten Championships while owning a bowl record of 4-4. In terms of his lack of national championships, that can be blamed on arbitrary BCS bowl selection prior to the establishment of the College Football Playoff Committee.
That still doesn’t take away from the fact that Dantonio always manages to put together teams with strong defenses and balanced offensive attacks and if he isn’t the best coach in the nation, he’s certainly close to the top.
Michigan State will look to go 3-0 this weekend when it takes on Air Force at home on Saturday.
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