Michigan State football has had its ups and downs since it began in 1896. They have had some great coaches and some awful ones.
This list contains who I consider the five greatest coaches the green and white has seen in its long, rich history.
After you read this and don't find George Perles on the list, understand why. Yes, Perles may have been more successful than others I put on the list, but it's not fair to the other coaches that ran cleaner programs.
Perles was fired in 1994, and MSU was forced to make self-imposed sanctions that included the loss of scholarships. State also forfeited all five wins of the 1994 season.
This list is filled with five great coaches, and I can't consider Perles a great coach because of the NCAA sanctions.
**When reading this you'll notice I refer to what we now call Michigan State University (MSU) as Michigan Agriculture College (MAC) and Michigan State College (MSC.) At one point in time each of these names was used.