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Mark Dantonio, on Braxton Miller injury: ‘I felt bad’

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With Braxton Miller going down with a season-ending shoulder injury earlier this week, Michigan State immediately became the favorite to win the Big Ten East according to most observers as well as the degenerates in Las Vegas.

Just because of that, though, doesn’t mean the Spartans are jumping up and down and gloating over the Ohio State starting quarterback’s 2014 demise.

“I felt bad,” MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said according to the Lansing State Journal when asked what he thought when he first ehard the news. “Braxton Miller is a great football player. He is a senior, has meant a lot to their football team. He is a great leader, a great young man. You don’t want something like that to happen. It’s a tough deal.

“But I would say this — we played without Max Bullough in the Rose Bowl [because of a suspension]. Usually when those things happen, people rise up. Everybody becomes a little bit better. What was a negative becomes a strength later.”

Dantonio wasn’t alone in his feelings.

“Aw, I mean that’s sad,” senior safety Kurtis Drummond said of the injury. “I never want to see any player get injured or have to miss games. For him to have to go through that, it’s definitely a sad time. I’m definitely praying for him and hopefully he has a speedy recovery.”

In the game that put the Spartans in the Granddaddy of Them All, Miller was able to get his on the ground against the ferocious MSU defense to the tune of 142 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Through the air was a different case during the course of OSU’s 10-point loss as Miller was held to just 8-of-21 passing (38.1 percent) 101 yards.

OSU and MSU will square off in the regular season Nov. 8 in East Lansing in what could still be, despite Miller’s absence, for an early-December trip to Indianapolis and the Big Ten championship game.

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15 Responses to “Mark Dantonio, on Braxton Miller injury: ‘I felt bad’”
  1. squackduckhawk says: Aug 21, 2014 4:48 PM

    Dantonio is a class act. Easily one of the best coaches in football. I would hate to see him go to the nfl because he is a great role model for these young men. His character is reflected time and again in interviews with young players. I am looking forward to our week 2 matchup in Eugene . If Michigan State beats us, I for one will not hold a grudge. I also agree with him about Braxton Miller.

  2. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 21, 2014 4:52 PM

    Oh, please. Next time just shut up instead of the fake, “I feel bad”, act.

    Do you think the Chargers coach would “feel bad”, if he didn’t have to play Peyton Manning twice a year?

    Talk about insulting our intelligence.

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 21, 2014 5:06 PM

    Dantonio is all class. Any school would LOVE to have a guy like him running their program.

  4. crazyfootballfun says: Aug 21, 2014 5:13 PM

    Actually, Derek, i think many people feel bad about Miller’s injuries. Some folks even want to play and beat the best, not the 2nd guy. Every thing I know about the Coach leads me to believe he was sincere in his comments…and I am a Duck fan through and through.

  5. mrlaloosh says: Aug 21, 2014 5:28 PM


  6. barkleyblows says: Aug 21, 2014 6:16 PM

    He’s a clown that’s full of shit.

  7. thraiderskin says: Aug 21, 2014 7:12 PM

    Dantonio has never come off as less thanpure class… Good luck to him and Michigan State football.

  8. dumbpollack says: Aug 21, 2014 9:46 PM

    Bottom line is we don’t need theirs or anyone else’s pity. Take a hike

  9. crazyfootballfun says: Aug 21, 2014 9:50 PM

    ah, dumb ……yes, you are….

  10. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 21, 2014 9:57 PM

    @ theraiderskin:

    I agree with your assessment of Dantonio and do in fact wish MSU good luck this year! I would love to see the Spartans beat Oregon. I do have to root against them come November the 8th when they play tOSU, but 11-1 should assure MSU will appear in a good bowl game.

  11. sparty0n says: Aug 22, 2014 12:50 AM


    I recall Izzo calling a Purdue player (don’t recall the name), who had just had surgery and would be out for the year, while the kid was still at the hospital. Some of these coaches really do care about these kids, even players from other programs.

  12. longborer69 says: Aug 22, 2014 2:49 AM

    @derekgorgonstar, please stop worrying about your intelligence being insulted.

    With the level of intelligence you displayed in that comment, it would be impossible to insult it.

  13. cfballfan1 says: Aug 22, 2014 3:12 AM

    Coach Dantonio = all class.

    Idiots like derekgorgonstar = school on Saturday.

  14. jrs45 says: Aug 22, 2014 9:17 AM


    If you’re a Buckeye fan and saying that you’ve obviously insulted our intelligence. Coach Dantonio was taking the high road with this question and so was his players with class. Majority of the coaches in the B1G would’ve said the same thing as Dantonio. The real question would be Hoke’s reaction to this. I’m sure he wouldn’t take the high road about the injury.

  15. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 22, 2014 1:51 PM

    At least degenerates can spell the word observer. Sparty on!

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