Michigan, Michigan State Spat Continues

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The Roanoke Times (Virginia)


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The pregame spat between Michigan and Michigan State is showing no signs of going away.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday the athletic directors for both schools should probably talk about what happened on Saturday before the game at Michigan State. The Spartans walked from one end zone to the other with their arms locked, as they do before each game, but it happened while some of the Wolverines were stretching near the middle of the field.

Contact was made, words were exchanged and Michigan went on to beat Michigan State 21-7.

Harbaugh called it "bush league" after the game and clearly wanted to talk more about it two days later. He said the Spartans were on the field for their traditional walk later than scheduled and were led by the strength staff with coach Mark Dantonio just behind the players.

Dantonio called the incident "B.S." after the game and addressed the situation again Sunday night.

"The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile," Dantonio said.

Michigan State said Monday the two schools were communicating about the school's pregame ritual and said it has not been a problem in Dantonio's 12 years.


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