After the 1953 season Biggie Munn, the legendary Spartan coach, turned the team over to his protégé and future legend Duffy Daugherty. George Perles was the head coach when the Spartans defeated USC in the 1988 Rose Bowl.Dantonio has a 63–29 record in his coaching tenure as of the end of the 2013 season.
As the college grew, it looked to join a major collegiate conference. They participate in the Big Ten Conference except fencing, where until 1997, from the University founding, MSU featured fencing as a varsity sport.
When the University of Chicago eliminated varsity football and withdrew from the Western Conference (now the Big Ten) in 1946, Michigan State president John A. Despite opposition from the University of Michigan, the Big Ten admitted M. During that time, MSU was coached by the first American recognized as a master of fencing, Charles Schmitter, for 45 years, from 1939 to 1984.
The Spartans have appeared in 3 NCAA Championship games, 9 Final Fours, 13 Elite Eights, 19 Sweet Sixteens, and 29 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Spartans formerly or currently in the NBA include Adreian Payne, Deyonta Davis, Bryn Forbes, Denzel Valentine, Maurice Ager, Alan Anderson, Charlie Bell, Shannon Brown, Mateen Cleaves, Paul Davis, Terry Furlow, Jamie Feick, Draymond Green, Johnny Green, Gary Harris, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Greg Kelser, Mike Peplowski, Morris Peterson, Zach Randolph, Shawn Respert, Jason Richardson, Scott Skiles, Steve Smith, Eric Snow, Sam Vincent, Jay Vincent, and Kevin Willis.
and, as an agricultural school, its teams were referred to as the Aggies.
Looking to move beyond its agricultural roots, Michigan State held a contest to find a new nickname.
The Spartans have won the trophy seven of the past eight years, as of 2015 season.
Michigan State's rivalry game against Notre Dame, with whom they compete for the Megaphone Trophy was played every year until 2013.
Michigan State basketball has been selected for 19 consecutive NCAA tournament bids under Izzo.
The Spartans have won one NCAA Championship, seven Big Ten Regular Season Championships, and five Big Ten Tournament Championships (the most of any team in the Big Ten) under Izzo.
After waiting for several years, the team was finally admitted into the Big Ten Conference as a regular member in 1953.