Before the Michigan vs. Michigan State game in East Lansing on Saturday, while the Spartans were taking their customary pregame walk of the field arm-in-arm, some Wolverine players on the field refused to budge, and some Spartan players refused to unlink arms.
Already some pushing, shoving and yelling. Michigan players didn't get out of the way for MSU walk. Devin Bush screaming in Spartans' faces as they run back to locker room after this. Bush in yellow. pic.twitter.com/Us9GWyVQch
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) October 20, 2018
What resulted has been the talk of the weekend. Wolverine linebacker Devin Bush felt so disrespected that he ripped up the Spartan midfield logo with his cleats, prompting workers to try and repair the damage with cans of white spray paint.
Here’s the whole pregame incident at MSU, resulting in Devin Bush tearing up Spartan logo with his cleats.
— Ryan Field (@RyanFieldABC) October 20, 2018
While the Wolverines dominant defense helped them capture a 21-7 win over the Spartans, it’s the post game chatter between coaches Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio with the media regarding the pregame incident that seems to be capturing more headlines.
After the game, when asked about the incident during the field-walk, Harbaugh called the situation “bush league,” while accusing coach Dantonio of standing five-yards behind it with a smile on his face.
Responding to Harbaugh’s comments, Dantonio simply responded “That’s B.S” before encouraging the media to “get your cameras out.”
Here are the important parts of the exchange.
Harbaugh calls MSU’s pregame behavior bush league, says “apparently Dantonio is five yards behind it all smiling.”
— Jeanna Trotman (@JeannaTrotmanTV) October 21, 2018
Today, Harbaugh continued to bring it up, adding “unsportsmanlike” to his descriptions of the event, adding “that is putting it mildly.” Harbaugh later pulled out a piece of paper, using some words directly from the mouth of Dantonio a few years ago to lob back at him.
Jim Harbaugh pulled out a piece of paper to quote Mark Dantonio today.
"I'll go one step further and use Coach Dantonio's words from a few years back. 'It's not a product of the team, but their program.'" pic.twitter.com/2px64V2dPV
— Brad Galli (@BradGalli) October 22, 2018
Why this continues to be a point of contention 48 hours after it happened is anyone’s guess, but rest assured it will add another layer to the rivalry for years to come for both sides.
Update>> Michigan State has provided the following statement.
Michigan State issues statement on pregame alteration with Michigan. pic.twitter.com/zPKbaZwaUX
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) October 22, 2018