Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio isn’t giving up on this season despite the Spartans’ current three-game losing streak, which was extended Saturday with a 31-14 loss to Brigham Young at Spartan Stadium. Two of the three losses have come at home by a combined score of 61-20.
The Spartans (2-3) host Northwestern (2-3) this coming Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for Homecoming weekend in East Lansing.
“Right now, we’ve got to check our confidence level,” said Dantonio during his Monday morning radio spot on WJR-AM (760) in Detroit. “I think that’s natural when you’ve lost a couple of games. In this type of situation, you’ve got to rally back, first of all, check where you’re at, check your confidence in your teammates, in your coaches, and vice versa and dig yourself out of a hole.
“We’ve got to dig ourselves out of a hole and it starts with Northwestern this weekend and the first thing we have to do is to be able to identify our problems and fix your problems.”
During a conference call with reporters Sunday night, Dantonio said no decision had yet been made regarding the quarterback situation between Tyler O’Connor and Damion Terry. O’Connor, who had started all five games, was replaced by Terry in the fourth quarter against BYU.
Dantonio’s mind had not changed Monday morning.
“That will be in-house as we go through the week,” Dantonio said. “It’s got to be production. Much like a major league team would bring in a relief pitcher, we just needed a change on Saturday and just see if we could get something going.”
Dantonio is by no means blaming all of the team’s woes on one position. During his Sunday conference call, he said every position will be looked at and changes could be coming at multiple spots.
“We looked at quite a few different scenarios with different people for a lot of different reasons,” Dantonio said Sunday night. “Moving different people different places or switching some different people out. But to go through that now I think would be inappropriate before our players even can recognize exactly what’s going on. In all fairness to them, I think we’ll try and keep things in-house here in terms of that.”
Michigan State is experiencing its first three-game losing streak since 2009. It hasn’t lost four in a row since 2006 when John L. Smith was the head coach. The Spartans lost the final four games of that season to Indiana, Purdue, Minnesota and Penn State.
Dantonio was hired after that season.
“It’s a collective effort and it’s all-inclusive in terms of where the problem is. There is no one problem. I’m not going to sit there and say ‘Well that guy’s the problem’ or ‘This call’s the problem,'” said Dantonio Monday morning on WJR. “Life’s not smooth. Everybody in this country has their struggles, sports or otherwise. Life’s not smooth. You’ve got to deal with it. That’s what we’ll do. We’ll be strong doing it.”