Below are some highlights from Mark Dantonio's interview Wednesday with Jack Arute and Dan Hawkins on SiriusXM's College Football Playbook.
Cornerback Darqueze Dennard looks forward to Monday's contest against Georgia, while head coach Mark Dantonio turns to former boxing champion Muhammad Ali and an alligator for motivation.
Brad Lunsford enters his sixth year as a full-time member of the Spartan football staff as director of executive football operations.
Lunsford's primary responsibilities include coordinating team travel, preseason camp, training table and food services as well as administrative oversight over all practice sessions. In addition, he supervises the comp ticket program for MSU players during the regular season and postseason; develops all administrative manuals for the program; plus assists in planning the yearly calendar as well as camps and clinics. Lunsford also organizes and coordinates all day-to-day football-related activities for head coach Mark Dantonio and serves as the football office's liaison to the athletic communications staff.
Lunsford spent one year at Delaware State, serving as the school's first director of football operations. In his dual role as assistant athletics director, he oversaw all operations of the Hornet program in 2006, managing day-to-day administrative tasks while arranging team travel and scheduling.
Prior to spending the 2006 season at Delaware State, Lunsford worked for five years in the Michigan State football office. From September 2000 to May 2004, he was the assistant to the recruiting coordinator, managing all mailings for high school and junior college film requests, maintaining the program's recruiting database and organizing a nationwide recruiting board. In 2003, he was employed by Palace Sports and Entertainment in Auburn Hills, Mich., as a basketball operations intern for the WNBA's Detroit Shock.
Upon earning his bachelor's degree in public policy from Michigan State in May 2004, Lunsford changed roles and was promoted to assistant director of football operations. Serving in a graduate assistant capacity for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, he helped former Assistant Athletics Director/Director of Football Operations in all administrative duties, including recruiting functions, team travel and managing and training student administrative and recruiting aides.
Lunsford completed his master's degree in sports administration from MSU in December 2005. He married the former April Merta in May 2007.
THE LUNSFORD FILE
YEARS AT MICHIGAN STATE: Sixth on full-time staff as director of executive football operations.
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: College - Assistant to the recruiting coordinator at Michigan State (2000-2003); assistant director of football operations at Michigan State (2004-05); assistant athletics director/director of football operations at Delaware State (2006).
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in public policy from Michigan State in 2004; master's degree in sports administration from Michigan State in 2005.
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE: 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Valero Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl.
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