Today WDFN‘s Stoney and Wojo break down Spartan Coach Mark Dantonio’s comments after the Penn State game and whether they were directed at Michigan’s dismal season. Here’s the transcript:
Donny Shane: “I know it’s demoralizing. Is it in a way, the way things worked out, at all embarrassing, or is that not fair?”
Dantonio: “Embarrassing out here? You know, I play the game, we coach the game. You know, you do this long enough you’re going to have days like this. So, as I said before embarrassing would have been 3-9 coming into this game.”
There’s been a few questions whether this was directed at Michigan. Let me clear up the confusion: of course it was directed at Michigan. What, did he pull 3-9 out of the air? He didn’t like the question, but you could tell he had a little something in his holster he wanted to throw out.
As frustrated as he was after the game, Dantonio should have stuck to talking about his team, his coaches, Penn State or the upcoming bowl game. There’s so many great things about this season for State including a likely New Year’s Day bowl game (I don’t think they’ll get passed up for Iowa), why put the focus back on Michigan?
But for backers of ol’ Mich, the fact is if you go 3-9 and you’re Michigan, you’re going to get picked on. That’s that just the deal, brother. Ask yourself why you wanted to watch the Notre Dame/Syracuse game on Saturday afternoon. That’s just the way it is.
I don’t mind the talk. Speaking of Notre Dame, comments like the Charlie “Pear Bryant” Weis’ “To Hell with Michigan” just serve to stoke the rivalry flames and make the game that much more interesting.