On the heels of Michigan’s 35-11 defeat to Michigan State, Spartan headman Mark Dantonio and quarterback Connor Cook shed light on their decision to put one more touchdown on the scoreboard Saturday. The Green & White felt disrespected by a pregame motivational tactic by junior linebacker Joe Bolden. He'd led the Wolverines in driving a stake in the middle of the Spartan Stadium field. Michigan State then responded with its own form of stake driving at the end of the game.
Michigan headman Brady Hoke looked back on his team’s part in the back & forth with regret.
“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,” Hoke said in a statement. “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.”