The team has made two NCAA Championship games and advanced to seven Final Fours, nine Elite Eights, and 13 Sweet Sixteens under Izzo.
Overall, Michigan State has won 2 NCAA Championships, 13 Big Ten Regular Season Championships, and 5 Big Ten Tournament Championships.
Under Dantonio, MSU has won three Conference Championships, 2010, 2013, and 2015.
The Spartans have won three Big Ten Divisional championships and two Big Ten Championship games during that period.
The university's previous athletic director was Mark Hollis, who served in the position from January 1, 2008 to January 26, 2018, when he resigned, along with others at the University, due to fallout from the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal involving former MSU Medical School faculty member Dr. 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 school's athletic program includes 25 varsity sports teams.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.In 2015, MSU was selected for the College Football Playoff as the No. Today, the football team competes in Spartan Stadium, a renovated 75,005-person football stadium in the center of campus.MSU's traditional archrival is the Michigan, against whom they compete for the Paul Bunyan Trophy; MSU has a 23–34–1 record in the annual trophy game.The women's team has had five coaches in its history. The Spartans have made one National Championship game, one Final Four, one Elite Eight, three Sweet Sixteens, and appeared in 15 NCAA/AIAW Tournaments.During that time, the Spartans had a roster of impressive players, including Lynn Chandnois, Dorne Dibble, Meredith Assaly, and Don Mc Aulliffe.After waiting for several years, the team was finally admitted into the Big Ten Conference as a regular member in 1953.They promptly went on to capture the league championship (losing only one game during the season) and beating UCLA in their first Rose Bowl game.In 1951, the Spartans finished the season undefeated, and performed the same feat the following year in addition to the nation's longest winning streak of 24 games.The team was named the "undisputed national champions by every official poll".