The Michigan State Spartans football program represents Michigan State University in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level.
The Spartans are members of the Big Ten Conference.
Clarence Lester "Biggie" Munn took over as head coach of Michigan State from Charlie Bachman in 1947. Munn retired from coaching in 1953 to assume duties as Michigan State's athletic director, a position he held until 1971.
Each year, the Michigan State Spartans football team hands out the "Biggie Munn Award" to the team's most motivational player.
A teammate of Knute Rockne, Bachman employed the Notre Dame system and forged 10 winning seasons in 13 years.Previously, in 1884, Albion College and Michigan Agricultural had played in the first intercollegiate football game held within the state of Michigan.The MIAA's other charter members included Albion, Olivet and Hillsdale Colleges.During the 1950s when Detroit was known as the world's leading automobile manufacturer, Michigan State was often referred to as the nation's "football factory." During this era, the Spartans produced great players such as Lynn Chandnois, Dorne Dibble, Don Mc Aulliffe, Tom Yewcic, Sonny Grandelius, Bob Carey, Don Coleman, Earl Morrall and Dean Look.In 1951, the Spartans finished undefeated and untied to claim a share of the national championship with Tennessee.