Spartan Winter Tailgate raises money for GRPS

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio at the Spartan Winter Tailgate in Grand Rapids. (Feb. 26, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Mark Dantonio headlined the Fourth Annual Spartan Winter Tailgate in downtown Grand Rapids Wednesday evening.

More than 700 people attended the tailgate at the J.W. Marriott, which featured Michigan State University’s head football coach, several former players and members of both the 2014 and 1988 Rose Bowl championship teams.

Dantonio looked ahead to the upcoming season and back at the Spartans’ Rose Bowl win in January. The coach said the tailgate gave him a chance to relive the Rose Bowl win with fans.

Tuesday, Dantonio inked a restructured $3.64 million per year contract extension that will make him one of the highest-paid coaches in the country. But, he said, that’s not why he does what he does.

“I didn’t get into coaching to make money. I got into coaching to impact young people,” Dantonio said.

The MSU Alumni Association expects the event will raise more than $130,000 for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

==Watch above as Dantonio discusses building his place at MSU and connecting with his players. ==

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