Dantonio: MSU used Florida trip week devising ways to beat UM

Angelique S. Chengelis
The Detroit News
Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio used the week Michigan spent in Florida to figure out ways to defeat the Wolverines on the football field next season.

East Lansing — Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio considers Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh's idea to take his team to Florida for a week of practice over spring break "creative."

And while Michigan was at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., getting in four practices, Dantonio and his staff used that week to focus on their in-state rival.

Dantonio was asked Wednesday after MSU pro day about Michigan's trip.

"To each his own," Dantonio said. "I do think it was a very creative idea.

"There's an advantage to staying here and working on Michigan every day instead of going down there. That's what we (our staff) did. We made it a Michigan week."

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During the offseason, the MSU staff will break down an opponent each week. Dantonio decided to make that week "the week they were down at camp" the one designated for Michigan.

"We looked at them top to bottom," Dantonio said. "Every day. We're just working. We're just preparing. I'm talking about offseason studies. I'm not talking about anything different. There's got to be a way to do something."