Jim Harbaugh is pissed at Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio.
Before the game, a situation arose where there was a small handful of Michigan players on the Spartan field warming up.
Michigan State players proceeded to take the field and make a human chain, walking right into the path of Michigan players.
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
After that transpired, Devin Bush proceeded to mess up the Spartan logo at midfield.
These guys do NOT like each other. Not a great move by Devin Bush. pic.twitter.com/tZDMVUWpR3— Jamie Edmonds (@Jamie_Edmonds) October 20, 2018
It was somewhat of an ugly scene, one that could have ended with someone getting seriously hurt. Thankfully that didn’t occur.
However, it sounds like this incident could have been avoided, per Michigan spokesman Dave Ablauf.
UM-MSU pregame incident — MSU was 10 min late taking field for warmup. UM was already on field (allowed at 10 am). MSU players w arms locked “clotheslined” Lawrence Marshall and Devin Bush. Ripped off Lavert Hill’s earphones. “That’s a game management issue” — UM’s Dave Ablauf— angelique (@chengelis) October 20, 2018
More from UM’s Ablauf: “Their staff should have stepped to the front and asked our guys to move or not allow Michigan State to walk out until the field was clear” — regarding UM-MSU pregame incident— angelique (@chengelis) October 20, 2018
After Michigan’s 21-7 victory, Harbaugh was asked about what happened, and he gave a full-court press of comments defending his players and calling out MSU and Dantonio.
“Dave (Ablauf) was out there, he saw it. Apparently they clotheslined two of our guys, came out in their helmets. Lawrence Marshall, they went up and clotheslined him, the old fashioned clothesline. Other guys ripped off Lavert’s (Hill) headphones,” Harbaugh said.
“Total bush league, apparently coach Dantonio was five yards behind them behind it all smiling, so yeah, I think it’s bush league, that’s my impression of it.”
Harbaugh credits the resolve of Michigan players for the way they responded, saying “they didn’t come here to back down or get intimidated by anybody.”