The east side of Spartan Stadium includes the names of former players, as well as former president John Hannah. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
Scoreboards won't be the only addition to Spartan Stadium this fall.
MSU announced Monday that former coaches Clarence "Biggie" Munn and Hugh Duffy Daugherty will be added to Spartan Stadium's "Ring of Fame," which honors the most important figures in MSU football history. While former players and former president John Hannah are on the east upper deck of the stadium, Munn and Daugherty will be added to the west side, next to the six national championships the two brought to MSU.
Their names will be revealed prior to the Oct. 13 homecoming game against Iowa.
"Clarence ‘Biggie' Munn and Hugh Duffy Daugherty are truly Michigan State coaching icons and certainly deserving of having their names added to the Spartan Stadium ‘Ring of Fame,'" (athletic director Mark) Hollis said. "Both men played significant roles in helping shape the future of Michigan State football and quite frankly the college game itself.
"Biggie' first brought the program to national prominence in the late 1940s and early '50s, and his teams helped position Michigan State for admission into the Big Ten. Duffy followed up by taking the program to new heights in the 1950s and '60s. More importantly, both men played critical roles in advancing the integration of college football."
Munn helped MSU gain national recognition in the 1940s and 50s, posting a 54-9-2 record, including the 1951 and '52 national championships. MSU joined the Big Ten under Munn and won the conference championship in their inaugural season of 1953.
Munn moved into the athletic director role and his understudy Daugherty took the Spartans to even higher levels. Daugherty went 109-69-5 over 19 seasons and won four national championships (1955, '57, '65, '66).
This obviously is a worthy honor for two of the most important men in MSU football history. I like the idea of putting them on the west side, next to their national championships.