Mixed emotions in East Lansing after MSU head football Mark Dantonio retires

EAST LANSING (WJRT) (02/04/2020) - Much of the Michigan State University community was surprised by a short and simple tweet from head football coach Mark Dantonio, announcing his retirement on Tuesday.

"Checked Twitter and that was the only thing on my feed," said MSU student TJ Krawczky.

It was a simple tweet, just a couple of sentences, but one that stunned the campus in East Lansing on Tuesday.

"It was a shock. I mean he's done so much for the football program, he took them to new heights," said MSU student Chris Swain.

Dantonio announced his retirement as head football coach for the Michigan State Spartans after 13 years.

"He's taken MSU to places really, they haven't been before and I'm sad to see him go," said MSU student Andrew Arbough.

And a few hours later, inside the Hall of Fame Cafe, die hard Spartans watched with a mixture of emotions as MSU's most successful football coach made it official with a news conference.

"Everybody's life, there comes a time when you have to say goodbye and he must have decided this was the time," said Bill Bupp, a long-time MSU supporter.