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Jim Harbaugh doubles down on criticism of Michigan State's 'bush league' behavior

"Michigan State locked arms and used every inch of the field in their walk with the attempt of going through…

“Michigan State locked arms and used every inch of the field in their walk with the attempt of going through or over our guys in a physical manner,” Jim Harbaugh said. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

Jim Harbaugh does not regret describing the behavior of Michigan State before a game Saturday against his Wolverines as “bush league.” In fact, the Michigan coach doubled down Monday on his criticism of the Spartans and their head coach, Mark Dantonio.

At issue, even two days after the Wolverines’ 21-7 win over the Spartans , was a pregame, field-wide, arms-linked walk Dantonio’s squad traditionally does before home games. This time, there were some Wolverines still on the field doing warm-ups when the MSU players began marching across Spartan Stadium, and that led to some ill will, including Michigan’s Devin Bush making a point of grabbing his cleat into the logo of his opponents That was painted at midfield.

Immediately after the game, Harbaugh claimed that the Spartans “clotheslined” a couple of his players while they walked past, as part of their “bush league” tactics, and that “Dantonio was five yards behind them “and” smiling “as it happened. Dantonio called them “BS”

In a Sunday teleconference, the MSU coach told reporters, “I’ve never commented on a coach in the past, I’m not going to comment on one now. “However, he went on to say,” The whole thing to me was sort of juvenile. Things are going to happen in rivalry games, but I sort of stand by what I said yesterday. “

Monday found Harbaugh also standing by his previous remarks. “When you host a team, both teams, you share the field. Hver har en sidelinje, hver har en halv av feltet for å varme opp på, “han sagde (via Detroit Free Press). “And then Michigan State locked arms and used every inch of the field in their walk with the attempt of going through or about our guys in a physical manner.

” To call that unsportsmanlike or to call that bush league is putting it mildly , “He continued. “That could have been a real unfortunate incident. Og som sagt, det er det motsatte av B.S. Coach [Dantonio] said that was BS. But that’s not BS. That’s fact. I think that’s something now the two athletic directors really need to get together and talk about.

“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 “Again, that’s using his words. That could have been an unfortunate deal. And I’m proud of our guys for keeping their cool.”

Not surprisingly, the back-and-forth between the coaches was more than amplified by their respective, archival fan bases. Michigan supporters, in particular, were intent on trying to prove that Dantonio’s “BS” line could not have applied to the accusation that he had been smiling while walking just behind his players.

Harbaugh claimed Monday that he and his team knew about the Spartans’ pregame walk og forsøgte at undgå det, men at MSU-tjenestemænd var bevidst vage om når det skulle finde sted.

“Vi ringte dem og sagde,” Hvad er du på tur med deg? We do not want to put our players out until you do your traditional walk, “he said.” They gave us a time. ‘It’ll be at 9:45 [a.m.].’ Said, ‘Okay, great.’ Then, ‘Well, it might be 9:55′ – now it’s going to be 9:55, a day later. 19659022] “That walk happened another 10 minutes after that. Harbugh stuck up for Bush, his linebacker who marketed the Spartans’ logo, saying, “I do not know,” he said. “You do not want to leave the field.” t blame devin I like the way our guys handled it. “He was also not about to let Dantonio’s” juvenile “line pass without comment.

” I see where they used the word “juvenile.” That’s trying to brush it under the carpet, “Harbaugh said.” Their strength coaches were out there leading it, their assistant coaches were out there. Coach Dantonio was right behind it. “

” That had all the earmarkings and evidence of an orchestrated, storm trooper march, “the Michigan coach added.

Stay tuned for Dantonio’s response to the inevitable questions about his players being compared to “Star Wars” villains. In the meantime, college football fans can enjoy the fact that while the matchup on the field may have come and gone this year, one of the sports most intense intrastate rivalries marches on.

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