On November 27, 2006, Mark Dantonio was hired from the University of Cincinnati to become Michigan State's new men's football head coach. Dantonio served as an assistant coach at MSU from 1995 to 2000 and was Ohio State 's defensive coordinator during their 2002 national championship season .  Dantonio was also an assistant at Kansas and Youngstown State University . In 2010 , Dantonio led MSU to earn a share of the Big Ten Championship after finishing the year in a three-way tie with Ohio State and Wisconsin . His 2011 team won their division and appeared in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game . His Spartans would win outright Big Ten Championships in 2013 and 2015 with victories in the 2013 and 2015 Championship Games. He has compiled a 8–3 record against the arch-rival Michigan . Michigan State's streak of four wins in a row, from the 2008 season through 2011, tied Michigan State's best in the rivalry. Dantonio's record also includes a 4–4 mark for the Megaphone Trophy , which goes to the winner of the Notre Dame rivalry game.