Amid a disappointing 4-6 season in 2019, including a blowout 44-10 loss to arch-rival Michigan last Saturday, 13th year Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio (pictured) announced on Tuesday that he will return next season.

Dantonio made the announcement during his weekly press conference in East Lansing.  His Spartans will face 2-8 Rutgers this coming Saturday in New Jersey.

There had been growing speculation about "Coach D" and his future plans after losses starting piling up this season.

Dantonio has led the Spartan football team to at least a share of three Big Ten titles, a Rose Bowl victory (after the 2013 season), and a berth in the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinals in his 13 seasons in East Lansing.

He is 8-5 in his career against Michigan.  He became MSU's all-time winningest coach earlier this season.