February 24, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Athlon Sports: Michigan State boasts top coaching duo in country in Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio

Michigan State's Tom Izzo, left, and Mark Dantonio are regarded by at least one publication as the country's top coaching tandem. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)

When it comes to college basketball and football coaches, there isn’t a better duo than Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio.

That’s according to Athlon Sports, which ranked the country’s top tandems in college coaching for a story posted Monday on athlonsports.com.

Dantonio guided the Spartans to a Big Ten championship, a Rose Bowl victory and a No. 3 ranking in the final Associated Press poll this past season, while Izzo has Michigan State at 22-6 and a half-game behind Michigan in the Big Ten regular-season race after Sunday’s 79-70 loss to the Wolverines.

“The Spartans have a good chance of sweeping Big Ten coach of the year honors with Dantonio already receiving both the coaches’ and media awards with a Rose Bowl-winning season,” David Fox of Athlon Sports wrote. “A healthy basketball squad this season would be in contention for Izzo’s second national title and seventh Final Four.”

Ohio State’s tandem of Urban Meyer and Thad Matta was No. 2, giving the Big Ten the top two spots in the rankings.

“The Big Ten,” Fox wrote, “is where a balance between football and basketball success is trending upward.”

Michigan’s tandem of Brady Hoke and John Beilein checked in at No. 11, fourth among Big Ten teams behind Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen and Bo Ryan (No. 6).

Visit here for a complete breakdown of the rankings.