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Mark Dantonio faces hard decisions in order for Michigan State football to return to glory

Mark Dantonio happy to go bowling, discusses Michigan State's win over Maryland and wraps up the Spartans' 6-6 regular season, Nov. 30, 2019. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press

EAST LANSING — Maybe it will be Detroit. Maybe New York. Those destinations are the likely bowl landing spots for Michigan State football in the next month.

Ignore the cold-weather stigma and conventional thoughts about what a postseason trip should be. For the Spartans to get to a 12th bowl game in the past 13 years under Mark Dantonio is important.

Hat-worthy? Maybe not. But he did not give his players those caps before getting bowl eligible as a celebratory artifact.