Perles pledges run for Mich. governor

DETROIT, MI – Former Michigan State University football coach George Perles says he intends to begin his campaign for governor after New Year's Day.

The third winningest coach in Spartan history (68-67-4) tells The Detroit News he would bring "a football atmosphere" to Michigan's state Capitol.

The 75-year-old Democrat and Detroit native said he has enough experience to do the job. He's been a member of MSU's Board of Trustees since 2006.

Perles was named MSU head coach in 1983 and has two Big Ten titles and a Rose Bowl victory. Before being fired in 1994, Perles served briefly as the school's athletic director.

Lt. Gov. John Cherry, state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith and health care advocate John Freeman also are seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nod. House Speaker Andy Dillon is considering a run.