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Tom Izzo video transcript: When you win a National Championship or go to Final Fours or as fortunate as we are this year to go to a Rose Bowl, that brings incredible insight on your university just because of the publicity it gets. But still, the institution is about the academic side of things. I know Mark Dantonio and myself sell that, believe that, live it. We have a president right now in Lou Anna Simon who believes in the total, total academic program. You know when you go into a student-athlete’s home, there’s a million things you sell, but one of my most enjoyable is the diverse education you can get here. The fact that we’ve had players from Slovenia, from Australia, from Africa, it just kind of fits into the beliefs here of our university that we are a worldwide university, and we do have an impact on people all over the world.

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Tom Izzo,
Head Men’s Basketball Coach

  • Longest tenured Big Ten men’s basketball coach and eight-time National Coach of the Year
  • 82 percent graduation rate among players who complete their eligibility
  • Seven players named All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans
  • Raises funds for Coaches Vs. Cancer, Volunteers of America, Sparrow Hospital, and the V Foundation for Cancer Research
  • Second coach in NCAA history to reach four Final Fours in his first 10 years of coaching
  • Seven Big Ten titles and 16 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including six Final Four appearances

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Mark Dantonio video transcript: Michigan State University is one of the leading research universities in America. Having our student-athletes be a part of that is both very rewarding and exciting for us as coaches here. I think it's also very important though that people understand and see that our players aren't just pieces on the field, they're also individuals in a classroom that are working tirelessly to get their degree. You hope that they not only are leaders on the field but are leaders in our community and also leaders in the classroom. I think our players do a great job trying to balance all those different things as we move towards that ultimate goal of graduation. Really that's what's going to set you apart. That'll have the biggest impact on your life—your graduation. The aspect of leaving Michigan State as a student is going to transcend leaving Michigan State as a player, there's no question in my mind.

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Mark Dantonio,
Head Football Coach

  • Named Big Ten Coach of the Year by conference’s head coaches and media
  • 17 MSU football players named to the 2013 Academic All-Big Ten Team
  • Top-ranked defense in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision
  • Led the Spartans to school-record-tying 11 wins and second Big Ten Legends Division title in three years
  • Finished Big Ten schedule with perfect 8-0 record for first time in school history
  • One of two programs with two players listed on the 24-man Capital One Division I Academic All-America First Team

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It means the world to me to be a three-time Academic All-American. When I came to Michigan State I had the opportunity to study under Aaron Bates, the punter who came before me and when asked about school and football, he always told me, “What would you rather stand on, a book or a football?”

We understand that at some point football is going to get taken away from us, but one thing we’re going to have our whole entire life is our education and our minds.

School is really your foundation for life. Coach Dantonio is very influential in our academic progress here at Michigan State. He’s been involved since day one, and without him there’s no way we would be where we are.

Growing up I was always the math and science kind of guy, so I thought engineering was just a good fit for me. When I got here to Michigan State, I realized that there was a whole lot more out there for me and I fell in love with economics, and I’m very excited to be pursuing a PhD in the Department of Economics here.

Coming to Michigan State was largely influenced by the academic side of it. I understood that Michigan State was a very good academic school and obviously that factored into my decision. I take my education very seriously, and Michigan State offers a lot of opportunities for me.

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Mike Sadler,
Punter, No. 3, Junior, Grand Rapids, MI

  • Graduated in May with bachelor’s degree in applied engineering sciences while maintaining 3.97 GPA
  • Currently pursuing PhD in economics
  • Named to 2013 Capital One Division I Academic All-America First Team
  • First player in program history to garner Academic All-American accolades on three occasions
  • Ranks third in Big Ten and 37th in NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision in punting with 42.4-yard average

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