It isn’t rivalry week between the Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans, but don’t tell that to Mark Dantonio.
At his Holiday Bowl press conference, Dantonio was asked if he felt slighted that Michigan is in the Outback Bowl when the Spartans had a better record. Dantonio’s response?
Dantonio on Michigan being chosen ahead of Michigan State for the Outback Bowl: “The records are what they are. I’ll just continue to focus on beating Michigan.”— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) December 3, 2017
It’s a bid odd for any coach to be focused on beating a team they won’t play until next season, but that’s Dantonio’s focus even when there’s a bowl game to be played.
Jim Harbaugh heard about the comments and responded on Twitter.
Saw Coach D comments on continuing to "focus" on how "he" can beat Michigan. Congrats on turning around a 3-9 team, plagued with off field issues. Good for BIG to have him back.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) December 4, 2017
I’ll let you decide if that was a sick burn by Coach Harbaugh or not. One thing is for sure, these two men are rivals and would really like their team to beat the other’s ass in 2018. Stay tuned.