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ESPN: Mark Dantonio is the Big Ten's Most Stable Coach

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The Michigan State coach not only wins, he's likely to stick around for a long time.

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Every Michigan State Spartans fan knows they've got the best coach in the Big Ten, but according to the Worldwide Leader, Mark Dantonio is also the most stable head man in the conference.

An article from ESPN Insider breaks down the Big Ten's teams in terms of coaching stability. It starts with Purdue at the low end, moving through Jim Harbaugh and Urban Meyer (who rank at just 10th and 9th, respectively), and finally arrives at Dantonio for the number one spot.

Here's why, per the site:

There’s plenty of job security in being, perhaps, the country’s top overachieving coach. The Spartans have had 10-plus-win seasons in five of the past six seasons despite recruiting rankings typically in the 20s or 30s. As we’ve discussed, the division is becoming tougher, but there’s no reason to buy into the notion that MSU is going to fall off because of its ability to identify hidden recruiting gems and excel in development.

At age 60, it’s unlikely that Dantonio is heading anywhere, though some top-tier programs may kick the tires. He has been that good.

So while a certain coach draws national headlines and controversy, it's Michigan State who's set up to keep winning in the long run. Dantonio deserves all the respect he's earned.