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April 30, 2007
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He will be on the road throughout the spring bringing you scoop from campuses across the nation.A new football coach means a new beginning.
That's fine, but fans in East Lansing, Mich., would prefer new endings.
Michigan State is 5-22 in November since 2000, and in the last three seasons under previous head coach [/db]John L. Williams[/db] the Spartans were 1-8 in the 11th month.
New coach Mark Dantonio gives the Spartans' faithful reason to hope. His teams at Cincinnati typically closed strong, having won five of their last six in 2004 and 2006.
Perhaps his hiring signals the beginning of the end Michigan State's late-season collapses. Spartans every where certainly hope so.
Olin Buchanan is the senior national college football writer for Rivals.com. To send him a question or comment for his Friday Mailbag, click here.