Nov 16, 2013; Lincoln, NE, USA; Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio watches his team warm up prior to the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dantonio Named 2013 Big Ten Coach Of The Year (Video)

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Postseason awards are being handed out by the Big Ten and a couple of them are going to Michigan State Spartans head man Mark Dantonio.

After leading the Spartans to a school record tying 11 win season, Dantonio swept both the coaches and the media awards for the Big Ten Coach Of The Year.

The Hayes-Schembechler Award is given to the years best coach and voted on by Big Ten coaches.

The Dave McClain Award (named after the former Wisconsin coach) is given to the best head coach in the eyes of the media.

Dantonio won them both.

It is no surprise Dantonio won the top honors.  Michigan State exceeded expectations and projections with its 11 win season and berth into the Big Ten Championship game. To achieve that Dantonio guided his team through early season adversity when the team was rotating quarterback and struggling to find its identity on offense.

Now the offense is much improved and coupled with one of the nation’s top defenses, the Spartans are on the verge of nabbing the schools first BCS bowl bid.

When asked what the biggest challenge in 2013 was Dantonio said: “Finding those inches that we came up short last year…we found those by finding an offensive identity”

Congrats coach on a well deserved award.

Video: Mark Dantonio talks to BTN Live about winning the award

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