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Alabama-Michigan St. Preview

Updated: December 15, 2010, 5:59 PM ET
Associated Press

When Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio suffered a mild heart attack in September, Nick Saban called his former assistant to wish him a speedy recovery.

The close friends will face each other for the first time when the No. 7 Spartans take on 15th-ranked Alabama in the Capital One Bowl at Orlando, Fla., on New Year's Day.

Dantonio served as Saban's assistant at Michigan State from 1995-99 until Saban left for LSU, and they have remained close through the years. Dantonio said his time ...

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