In case you missed it Saturday, Michigan entered the Spartan Stadium field and drove a tent stake into the grass as part of a motivational message carried over from Friday.
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio did not take kindly to the ordeal, and expressed his frustration in his post-game press conference.
On Sunday, Michigan head coach Brady Hoke issued an apology.
“I want to publicly apologize to Coach Dantonio as well as the players and supporters of Michigan State for our act of poor sportsmanship displayed pre-game yesterday. I spoke with Mark earlier today and expressed to him that we meant no disrespect to his team. During our regular Friday night team meeting, one of the topics presented to motivate our team was a history lesson addressing commitment and teamwork in a tough environment. A tent stake was presented to the team as a symbol of this concept. The stake was brought into our locker room as a visual reminder, and one of our team leaders chose to take it out on the field. As the leader of our football program, I take full responsibility for the actions of our team. We believe in displaying a high level of respect at the University of Michigan and unfortunately that was not reflected by this action prior to kickoff.”
The Spartans won the game, 35-11, their sixth in seven tries against their in-state rivals.