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Dantonio pre-recorded a message for the Spartans from the Rose Bowl back in May

Back in May, Mark Dantonio was out in Pasadena for an alumni function and decided to take a little detour to the Rose Bowl to check out the environment that every Big Ten team has their sights set on at the beginning of the season.

Dantonio was able to get a few minutes on the field, and he took advantage of that time by recording a message for his team that he was finally able to share on Friday night before the Big Ten title game against Ohio State.

"Hey guys, welcome to the Rose Bowl," he opens up the video saying. "I had an opportunity to come out here in late May and walk around a bit. This is where we make it happen, so January first of this next year, of 2014 as we get in to it...it will be our time. It will be our time."

"As I said at the banquet. You will be the ones."

The entire video is really good and includes Rose Bowl references in meetings throughout the year, but Dantonio's message steals the spotlight at the end of the clip.

Michigan State will take on Stanford out in Pasadena come January first. If you love "grown men football" (and who doesn't), that will be a can't miss game.

Big Ten Championship Game Friday Night Video from Spartan Video on Vimeo.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.