Don Treadwell Takes the Reins for Michigan State Against Northern Colorado

Nick MordowanecCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2010

Don Treadwell (photo courtesy of
Don Treadwell (photo courtesy of

It's hard to believe it's been almost a week since Michigan State’s miracle victory over Notre Dame under the lights at Spartan Stadium.

It was a victory that will go down in Spartan history books, although the high point didn’t last too long at the time.

When word spread about Mark Dantonio’s sudden heart attack following the wild win, it was a time for Michigan State faithful to stick together and cheer on their head coach.

Thankfully, Dantonio is now out of the hospital and recuperating. Now, offensive coordinator Don Treadwell is the team’s interim head coach.

Treadwell has been around the program for a decade, coaching under Bobby Williams and John L. Smith before Dantonio arrived. He knows what takes place on a day-to-day basis surrounding the football program, so anyone expecting a drop-off is expecting too much.

Michigan State plays Northern Colorado on Saturday, just one of many non-competitive matchups in this week’s Big Ten schedule. Luckily for the Spartans, Dantonio gets another week to rest (and will hopefully return by the Wisconsin game next Saturday), while Treadwell can get his feet wet in case he will be at the helm next week too.

The Spartans will handle Saturday’s game almost as a scrimmage-like atmosphere, especially with a different coach leading the team. The players and coaching staff seemed to have passed the lamenting stage and are now focused on the game at hand.

What the game will show, though, is how Treadwell handles certain situation and how he can run the team, especially considering he could very well be coaching against Wisconsin.

The players are more important in the bigger picture because they are the ones who have to, you know, play.

It’d be nice for Michigan State to jump ahead early and win by a very comfortable margin. Even against teams like Western Michigan and FAU, the Spartans haven’t gotten off to blistering starts.

It would also be a good time for Larry Caper to get some more carries and acclimate himself to the offense once again. Edwin Baker and Le’Veon Bell have been complementing one another very well, but Caper will be needed at one point or another—particularly as the team gets into the meat of the schedule.

There’s always room for improvement, and Michigan State still has many things to work on in order to compete for a Big Ten crown. At least the team has a competent leader in Treadwell.