EAST LANSING, Mich. — The rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State bubbled over before Saturday’s game.
Two hours before the game, the Spartans locked arms and walked across the field, as is customary for recent Mark Dantonio teams at Spartan Stadium.
There’s one problem, though: a few Wolverines had begun to take the field and warm up.
In their postgame news conference, both Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio gave their accounts of what happened.
“I just heard about it, I didn’t see it,” Harbaugh said after his team’s victory. “I heard they clotheslined a few of our guys, they came out of their helmets.
“Total bush league,” Harbaugh continued. “Apparently, Coach Dantonio was five yards behind it, all smiling, so I think that’s bush league, that’s my impression of it.
“But our guys, they didn’t blink. They didn’t come here to back down or get intimidated by anybody.”
Your thoughts, Coach Dantonio?
“That’s BS,” Dantonio said. “You guys get your cameras out. I’m not gonna go to that. Go ahead, next question.”
A few seconds later, Dantonio said, unprompted: “Bush league? Mmmhmm.”
Never a dull moment in this rivalry.
Contributing: Chris Solari and Nick Baumgardner