WHEN WILL IT STOP!?!?!
In a story that seems to never end, University of Michigan Athletic Director Warde Manuel has issued a statement regarding the pregame incident that went down on Saturday between Michigan and Michigan State.
“I had a conversation on the field with Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman prior to the game regarding the situation that occurred during pre-game warmups. My preference is to keep that conversation and any further discussions between us. I will work with our staff and the conference to see how this situation can be prevented from happening again in the future. It is a great rivalry between two Michigan Universities, and the focus should remain on the game, the way its played, and the final result.”
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This statement came in response to Michigan State defense statement which was released earlier on Monday.
“Regarding last Saturday’s pregame timeline, both teams were distributed pregame timing sheets and were in communication earlier in the week about Michigan State’s pregame tradition of walking the field upon arrival to Spartan Stadium,” the statement reads. “There has never been an on-field issue with this tradition in the 12 years under head coach Mark Dantonio.
“The timing of Saturday’s pregame tradition did not change from previous games, nor did the communication change between both schools. MSU was scheduled to leave the Kellogg Center for its walk to the stadium at 9:45 a.m. and left at 9:47 a.m. The team was scheduled to arrive at Spartan Stadium at approximately 10 a.m. and walked the field at approximately 10:02 a.m.
“As a courtesy, Michigan was granted field access before MSU’s arrival with the understanding from both sides that the U of M student-athletes would leave the field during this tradition. Michigan was on the field prior to 10 a.m. as previously agreed upon, but when multiple MSU staff members asked both U of M student-athletes and staff members to please move off the field for the pregame field walk, this did not occur.”