Quick Look Back At 10-Win Season of 2017

Quick Look Back At 10-Win Season of 2017

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Quick Look Back At 10-Win Season of 2017

After the disastrous 3-9 season of 2016 that included just as much disappointment off the field as on it, Michigan State bounced back with a 10-win season in 2017.  The highlights remind us that every part of the program contributed to the success of 2017.

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For Spartans, it’s now become almost a tired narrative –

The 2016 season couldn’t have been much worse.

The 3-9 record wasn’t even the worst of it.

The chaos and dysfunction within the program, the locker room, and the police blotter made for one of the most difficult years in a generation.

Perhaps the strangest part of it all was the notion that Spartans had all started to believe that the program had rid itself of all of the strife and bumbling and dysfunctional behavior everyone had become accustomed to prior to the arrival of Mark Dantonio.

The critics pounced.

Dantonio was able to get a little something going for a few seasons (that not even being fair since ten years of sustained success had established the program as a strong, elite, respected program) but the joy ride was over and Michigan State was well on its way back to being the same place that Bobby Williams once led.

The sexual assault issues that Dantonio dealt with in the winter and Spring that followed the 2016 season made it seem like a dark cloud had managed to permanently position itself directly over the program.

Dantonio removed the players who faced the criminal charges of sexual assault and addressed the media.

In case you’re someone who thinks Dantonio did not address things, here’s the entire press conference that includes him addressing everything –

As the 2017 season approached, it’s not a stretch to say that even the most optimistic Spartans had concern.

The early-season home loss to Notre Dame didn’t help.

On that night, the Irish pounded Michigan State 38-18 and even this scribe wondered about the future of the program.

But, if we take a look at the nifty twelve-minute highlight video below (props to Free Time Films – nice work, folks), we see that the Spartans fought through all sorts of muck to earn their way right back into the thick of the upper echelon of the sport.

If you have twelve minutes to spare, take a look back at the specifics of the 2017 season – and remind yourself that a year ago from right now, you might have been trying to fight off the negative thoughts in the not-so-deep parts of your mind and you may have even wondered if the critics were right.

The critics were wrong.

Get ready for a season that will make 2017 look like the appetizer, folks….

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