Mark Dantonio Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Dantonio recognized for success on the field and in the classroom and community.

ATLANTA (September 14, 2015) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Michigan State Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Coach of the Week Award honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

“Academically, Coach Dantonio’s teams are always productive in the classroom and a great APR score reflects that. Combine that with his program’s recent success and he is a true representative of what this award stands for,” said Jim Terry, Chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “We’re both proud and excited to recognize his recent accomplishments and are eager to see his continued success this season.”

Away from the gridiron, Dantonio has pledged to support student-athletes as they pursue excellence in the classroom. In his first eight seasons, a total of 142 players have earned their undergraduate degrees, including 98 players who have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Most recently in 2014, punter Mike Sadler became MSU’s first four-time Academic All-American. Additionally, the program as a whole has posted an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 973 out of a possible 1,000.

Dantonio is also an advocate for giving back to his community. In 2009, he was named honorary chairman of the Children’s Miracle Network at Sparrow Children’s Center in East Lansing where he plays an integral role in helping children in the Michigan region get the care they need. Each year, Dantonio also co-hosts the annual Sparrow CMN Telethon that has raised more than $20 million since its inception.

On the field, Michigan State defeated No. 7 Oregon 31-24 in front of a Saturday night primetime audience. The Spartans are currently ranked No. 4 in this week’s AP poll and received two first-place votes as well. Since the beginning of the 2013 season, Michigan State is 26-3, good for the third-most wins of any FBS school during that time span. Overall under Coach Dantonio, Michigan State boasts a record of 77-31 and has posted four 11-win seasons in the last five years, a feat accomplished by just two other coaches in Big Ten history in any five-year span.

The Dodd Trophy – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week Award – celebrates the head coach of a team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

The winner of the 2015 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week. A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2015 season.

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About The Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.bobbydoddfoundation.com.

ABOUT THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL
The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is the ninth-oldest bowl game in the country and is one of New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. In 2014 and 2015, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will host games of top nationally ranked teams as assigned by the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. In 2016, the Bowl will host its first Playoff Semifinal (#1 vs. #4 or #2 vs. #3). The Bowl has sold out 18 of the last 20 years and has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 55% of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has disbursed more than $137 million in team payouts over its 47-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl games in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $17.5 million to organizations in need since 2002. More information about the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and its events is available at www.Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ChickfilAPeachBowl.