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Mark Dantonio plans to be in the Big House

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said during his weekly press conference on Tuesday that he plans to be in the Michigan Stadium press box on Saturday when his 17th-ranked Spartans play No. 18 Michigan.

"Right now looks like the press box," Dantonio said when asked where he would coach on Saturday. "We'll make that assessment as we move forward. I would say it's probably press box."

Dantonio suffered a mild heart attack hours after Michigan State beat Notre Dame 34-31 in overtime of Sept. 18. Dantonio called for a fake goal to beat the Irish.

He missed a 45-7 win over Northern Colorado on Sept. 25, with offensive coordinator Don Treadwell taking over. Dantonio had planned to be in the press box last week for the game against Wisconsin, but watched the game from a hospital bed with a blood clot in his leg. Dantonio was released from the hospital on Monday.

Dantonio was asked during the press conference whether he was given approval by his doctors to travel to the game this week and whether he felt up to it.

"I feel up to that, yup," he said. "I feel good. I would have felt up to it last week, but things started happening fast, so I had to sit down."

Michigan State and Michigan are both 5-0, both ranked and both as surprising as any teams in the country. It's a key early Big Ten showdown.

Throw in the long rivalry between the two schools, and it's a game Dantonio felt like he couldn't miss.

"I'm not going to miss Michigan week. I'm not going to miss it," Dantonio said. "Something special about this week, rivalry week. It's a very special rivalry for Michigan State University, one that so many Spartans hold dear. It's one that makes this entire state very excited this entire week."


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