Both teams enter the matchup undefeated for the first time since 2005.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio likes his team's resilience. Now it's time to develop a knockout punch. Connor Cook threw three touchdown passes and Nick Hill ran for two scores Saturday, but No. 8 Michigan State still needed a late interception return for a touchdown to hold on 45-31 at Purdue
In addition, Guess serves as the director of player enrichment, which includes coordinating and supervising the “Keeping it Real” player development program.
Guess, who previously worked with Mark Dantonio at Cincinnati as a staff assistant in 2006, has 12 years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach at the collegiate level. Dantonio also served as Guess’ position coach for three seasons in East Lansing (1998-2000).
Since Guess’ arrival as a full-time staff member, the Spartans have won two Big Ten Championships (2013, 2015) and played in four bowl games, including three BCS/New Year’s Six bowls (2014 Rose, 2015 Cotton, 2015 CFP Semifinal at Cotton Bowl).
A native of Wayne, Michigan, Guess spent two seasons (2010-11) as an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame while working with head coach Brian Kelly. Guess also worked with Kelly for one season at Cincinnati as a tight ends coach, helping the Bearcats to a 12-1 record in 2009 and an appearance in the Sugar Bowl following UC’s second straight BIG EAST Championship. Guess mentored Ben Guidugli, who earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors after ranking fourth on the team with 27 receptions for 364 yards and three touchdowns.
Prior to coaching at Cincinnati, Guess worked on the strength and conditioning staffs at South Florida (2009), Alcorn State (2008), Kentucky State (2007), Cincinnati (2006) and Tiffin (2005).
Guess served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Florida while working with the men’s basketball team for one season, and was the head strength and conditioning coach at Alcorn State.
In 2007, Guess was the secondary coach at Kentucky State and doubled as the football strength and conditioning coach. He held the same positions in 2005 at Tiffin. Guess earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State in 2002 and graduated from Tiffin University in 2007 with a master’s degree in business administration. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 1998.
While at Michigan State, Guess was a four-year letterwinner in football (1998-2001) and also earned two letters with the basketball team. As a safety, Guess helped Michigan State defeat Florida in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and Fresno State in the 2001 Silicon Valley Bowl. He was part of two Big Ten titles and an NCAA Final Four appearance (1999) with the Spartan basketball team.
Guess played in 45 career games and recorded 111 tackles, including 4.0 for loss (21 yards) and 3.0 sacks (18 yards), to go along with five interceptions (72 yards) and 14 passes defended.
Guess tallied a career-high 47 tackles, six pass break-ups and four interceptions as a senior in 2001. In 1999, Guess was one of the components on a defense that ranked No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushing defense, and during the 2000 season, MSU led the conference in both total defense and pass defense.
Guess attended Wayne (Michigan) Memorial High School.
THE GUESS FILE
FAMILY: Wife Bianca and daughter Nadia.
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Sixth. Joined staff on June 6, 2012, from Notre Dame.
PREVIOUS COACHING EXPERIENCE: College - Secondary coach/assistant strength and conditioning coach at Tiffin University (2005); staff assistant at Cincinnati (2006); secondary coach/football strength and conditioning coach at Kentucky State (2007); head strength and conditioning coach at Alcorn State (2008); assistant strength and conditioning coach at South Florida (2009); tight ends coach at Cincinnati (2009); assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame (2010-11).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary social science from Michigan State in 2002; master's degree in business administration from Tiffin University in 2007.
PLAYING EXPERIENCE: College - Four-year letterman as a safety at Michigan State (1998-2001).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: Player - 2000 Citrus Bowl, 2001 Silicon Valley Classic. Coach - 2007 International Bowl, 2010 Sugar Bowl, 2010 Sun Bowl, 2011 Champs Sports Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2014 Rose Bowl, 2015 Cotton Bowl, 2015 College Football Playoff (Cotton Bowl).