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Mark Dantonio on Michigan: ‘Where’s the threat?’

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s April 18, 2012, and we have our first bulletin board material filed away on CFT.

The Michigan-Michigan State rivalry, while a perfectly good one, clearly takes a backseat in Ann Arbor to other games such as… oh, I don’t know… Ohio State. I’m half-scared to say this, but I’d even put the game against Notre Dame higher on the hate-o-meter for Michigan than the game against Michigan State (thoughts, Wolverine fans?).

Be that as it may, it has to be annoying for U-M knowing they’ve lost the last four meetings against the Spartans. Adding to that irritation would be Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio, who had this to say about recruiting against the Wolverines.

“We’re laying in the weeds,” Dantonio told ESPN’s Brian Bennett. “We’ve beat Michigan the last four years. So where’s the threat?

I suppose when you’ve won four in a row against your big in-state rival, you’ve earned the right to talk some smack. That said, don’t expect the Spartans to continue to dominate this series in the future, at least not while Brady Hoke is around.

But you have to love this stuff from Dantonio; selfishly, it gives me something to write about.

The only thing missing now is for Hoke to begin referring to Michigan State as “Michigan.”

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20 Responses to “Mark Dantonio on Michigan: ‘Where’s the threat?’”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Apr 18, 2012 11:36 AM

    Michigan State seems to acquit themselves rather well when it comes to being the overshadowed little brother. It’s refreshing.

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Apr 18, 2012 11:42 AM

    The upcoming Michigan vs Michigan State game is gonna be a…..let’s just say Michael Vick will probably be in attendance.

    I don’t think Michigan will forget last year. (See pictures above)

  3. scoregasmic says: Apr 18, 2012 1:24 PM

    I’ve gotta be honest, I think UofM fans won’t admit it…but if they had to choose, I think they’d rather lose to OSU at this point haha

  4. dkhhuey says: Apr 18, 2012 2:50 PM

    Atta boy Mark!!!

  5. bchapman2011 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:39 PM

    Brady Hoke is an excellent coach and a great recruiter. He is the only one in the big 10 that can keep up with Urban Liar. I hav grown to hate Myer and think he is a fake liar. I hope Michigan sticks it to him the next 5 years until he resigns again for “medical” issues.

  6. sinnermike says: Apr 18, 2012 4:10 PM

    Who cares. The games are boring beyond belief. When the stadium is so quiet the microphones pick up individual conversations on the sideline, I call that a boring game.

  7. drjem says: Apr 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    Bench that Robertson QB & “M” will start winning. Robertson is just like the past QB for the “U”…..a few “moments” of glory & running and “hours” of F’ing the team up posting losses that make the Big Blue revert back to the days when “EVEN” the team that OWN’s the Big House, aka…Appalachian State…..wouldn’t even recruit Robertson. Hopefully Hoke will see his folly with this “marginal” athlete & BENCH him for a backup who can do the job!

  8. dmvdmv101560 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:02 PM

    Michigan had 40 straight winning seasons and then hired Rich Rodriguez after Lloyd Carr resigned. They sucked for three years, got rid of Rodriguez, hired Brady Hoke, and went 11-3 in his first year. Michigan State feels good about itself because they beat Michigan four years in a row – three of which came when everyone was beating Michigan. This lack of respect for the rivalry will bite Dantonio in the ass very soon.

  9. angelheartsbuckeyes says: Apr 18, 2012 7:23 PM

    @sinnermike

    You are so right. Not every game can be a 9-6 field-goal thriller. So glad we got a repeat of that in the MNC. Ratings thru the roof.

  10. thraiderskin says: Apr 18, 2012 7:44 PM

    Q: “Mark Dantonio on Michigan: ‘Where’s the threat?”‘

    A: Not in the state of Michigan…

  11. sparty0n says: Apr 18, 2012 9:30 PM

    “….don’t expect the Spartans to continue to dominate this series in the future, at least not while Brady Hoke is around.”

    Hoke has been there 1 year, had an easy schedule and played against a moron coach in the bowl game. What basis is there to think that Michigan is a threat to MSU for a championship, let alone beating MSU year in and year out?

  12. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 18, 2012 9:39 PM

    “Hoke has been there 1 year, had an easy schedule and played against a moron coach in the bowl game. What basis is there to think that Michigan is a threat to MSU for a championship, let alone beating MSU year in and year out?”

    Where did I say Hoke was going to beat Michigan State year in and year out? I think the series is going to be more competitive. That’s all.

  13. rexbeatsoff2feet says: Apr 18, 2012 9:55 PM

    Savor the flavor, MSU cause your little brother status will be reinstated.

  14. irishdodger says: Apr 18, 2012 11:39 PM

    Didn’t Michigan only play two games on the road last season? How the hell does any team swing that kind of schedule? Must be nice.

  15. sparty0n says: Apr 18, 2012 11:54 PM

    “Where did I say Hoke was going to beat Michigan State year in and year out? I think the series is going to be more competitive. That’s all.”

    Ben, you are correct. I read more into it than you said. I apologize. I just get sick of seeing Ann Arbor Community College fans talk it up as if the RichRod years are gone and they are suddenly better than everyone else. They have anointed Hoke as the savior after only 1 year.

  16. Ben Kercheval says: Apr 19, 2012 12:09 AM

    No need to apologize, sparty. Just making sure I was clear.

  17. dkhhuey says: Apr 19, 2012 12:19 AM

    Ben – spot on article!!! You’re cracking me up with this line:

    The only thing missing now is for Hoke to begin referring to Michigan State as “Michigan.”

    As a Buckeye – I’m laughing at Flounder Hoke being crowned the savor of the school after one year… one that you summed up nicely. Flounder, thus far, has been a sub .500 coach – if he succeeds at AACC – good for him… I think he is in for one long season, concluded by a huge woodshed beating by Urban in The Shoe at the end of the season!!!

  18. chalkruz1989 says: Apr 19, 2012 7:42 AM

    Michigan has had a bad run, every college program does. USC, Florida, Texas, and Notre Dame have all done so. You can’t reign on top forever, there will always be someone knocking you down. Michigan State has reveled in defeating a down in the dumps Mich. program but that is done.

  19. effosugoblue says: Apr 19, 2012 10:36 AM

    Little brother must of hit puberty. Compared to RichRid, Hoke us a savior. I think most teams in the country would have taken our season last year. And for the record get over the Appalacian State loss. If you’re go back that many years, take a look at our national championships too.

  20. spacecop213 says: Apr 19, 2012 10:40 AM

    Been a Michigan fan for 20+ years. the notre dame rivalry has been exciting and more intense to watch over the past few years. michigan state is just a team that i could care less about. Just for the record, if Michigan goes 1-11 with that only win being Ohio State… I wouldn’t have any heartache over that.

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