MSU’s Izzo, Dantonio Visit Traverse City’s Munson
TRAVERSE CITY – A bus filled with coaches and athletic department staff from Michigan State University were greeted by a sea of green and white as they pulled into Munson Medical Center in Traverse City on Thursday afternoon.
Two of the people on that bus were long-time coaches, Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio.
“There were a lot of ‘Go Green, Go Whites’ in there and we had an unbelievable welcoming committee here that I really did enjoy,” said Izzo.
Izzo, Dantonio, and more Spartan athletic department members came to the hospital to meet with staff and visit with patients.
“Well some of them are going through some things in there, so it’s a little bit of a ‘what are you doing here’ type of thing, but surprised that we’re here,” said Dantonio. “But it was nice, met Harry and John and some other guys, but it was nice to walk in there and see people in tough situations and it impacts me as a person as well.”
“This place is gorgeous, I mean I’ve been up to Traverse City and been in this area many times, it’s great, but to get into a hospital and meet some people that normally you don’t get a chance to meet, I’ll tell you what, it was our honor and privilege to come here and I mean that from all the coaches,” added Izzo.
Earlier on Thursday, it was announced that Duke will play at the Breslin Center against the Spartans in the ACC Big 10 Challenge.
“Well I expect Mike to be a little mad,” said Izzo about the rematch. “You know, cause last year he had a special team too. And they’re gonna come in here and play. But I got a feeling Breslin will be rocking itself. It’ll be something we all look forward to early in the season. I’m always trying to get good teams to come to the Breslin and it’s getting harder to do that. And the ACC Big 10 Challenge afforded us that. We’re going to see if we can make it two in a row.”
That game will take place on December 3.
Michigan State football opens up there season at home on August 30 against Tulsa.