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Michigan-born Jim Harbaugh and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio still play the blame game over the foreplay incident



It is the walk that will never end.

Or, as Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh called it Monday, "an orchestrated storm troop march."

Harbaugh decided to repeat the ugly foreplay incident at Spartan Stadium. Hours later, Michigan State responded with a statement.

To sum up: About two hours before the start on Saturday, Michigan State players followed their tradition of walking the field arm in arm. Some Michigan players warmed up in the field. Harbaugh said one player was "clotheslined" and another had his headphones ripped off. He called it "total bush league".

Harbaugh also claimed that Spartan coach Mark Dantonio was standing nearby and smiled. Dantonio called this accusation "B.S."

"It's the opposite of B.S.," Harbaugh said Monday. "Coach said that the B.S. ̵

1; it's not." That's a fact, that's what the two sports directors should talk about.

"When you look after a team, each team splits the field. Everyone has a sideline, everyone has half of the field to warm up. Michigan State closed his arms and used every inch of the field on their way to physically go through or over our boys. Calling that unsportsmanlike or calling this Bush League makes it mild. That could have been an unfortunate incident. … I'm proud of our boys that they stay cool and wait for the match.

But that overlooks what linebacker Devin Bush Jr. did, using his cleats to dig the Spartan logo in midfield, whereupon Michigan State employees came out with white spray paint.

"I'm doing Devin no blame, "said Harbaugh," I like the way our boys handled it. "

Michigan State responded with this statement:" As for preseason last Saturday, both teams were provided with timing sheets in advance and were in the week talking about the pregame tradition of Michigan State the field on arrival at the Spartan Stadium. In this tradition there has never been a problem in the field in the 12 years under head coach Mark Dantonio. Saturday's prelude tradition did not change from previous games, and the communication between the two schools did not change. The MSU should have left the Kellogg Center at 9.45 and left at 9.45. The team was scheduled to arrive at Spartan Stadium around 10:00 am and enter the stadium around 10:02 am. 19659002] "As a courtesy, Michigan was granted field access prior to the arrival of MSU with the understanding of both sides that the U of M student-athletes would leave the field during this tradition." Michigan was on the field before 10 am, as before However, when several MSU staff asked both U of M student athletes and co-workers to leave the field for the Pregame Field Walk, this did not happen. "19659002] Harbaugh denied this timeline and said," We were aware that they were taking a traditional walk and we contacted them, they send us a book, plegame operations, the most detailed and finest I have ever seen, written everything in writing, but this part was not, so we called them and said : "At what time do you go for a walk? We do not want to let our players out until you have your traditional walk. "

" They gave us some time: "It will be at 9:45." That said, "OK, great." Well, it could be 9:55 … now it will be 9:55, & # 39; a day later. This walk occurred another 10 minutes later. At no time have there been any heads ups or, Hey, can you please leave the field?

"Your strength trainers were out there, with their assistant trainers out there, and Dantonio coach was right behind them, with all the evidence and evidence of an orchestrated storm troop march, but I think that's Warde (some Michigan sports director) (Manuel) will appeal. "

tgreenstein@chicagotribune.com

Twitter @TeddyGreenstein

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