Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio became there to monitor the opener in opposition t the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.
Haller additionally became part of the quest committee — along with basketball educate Tom Izzo and former hockey coach and athletic director Ron Mason — that interviewed Dantonio in a hangar at a small airport near Cincinnati in 2006.
“halfway during the interview,” Haller instructed the Free Press in 2019, “I just acquired goosebumps and observed, ‘this is our guy. He’s the guy.’”
On Tuesday, Dantonio, who ironically served as a part of the hunt committee to find MSU’s new athletic director, become inside Breslin to congratulate Haller on his new job. He pointed out he’s enjoying retirement and being able to spend time together with his 1-year-old granddaughter.
Dantonio stated Haller displayed difficulty-solving means in his time each as a police officer and inside the athletic department.
“he’s completed an outstanding job,” Dantonio stated. “I met with him per week for doubtless a half-hour or so for a yr and a half, two years. He is obtained great integrity. I feel our gamers, once they look at him, they are saying, ‘I wish to develop up and be like that man.’
“he’s skilled every facet of Michigan State football and beyond in athletics.”