Little brother just can't get a break. After having 14 players suspended, causing them to start their backup QB as their 3rd receiver on the day, Dantonio almost found a way to coach this team to a win, by throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Texas Tech. Some of the play calls in this game were just phenomenal on the part of Dantonio, but in the end his secondary sucks, and you have to expect that at the worst time Cousins is going to play like the long line of MSU QB's that have come before him and self-distruct.
Great Game, Dantonio is a great coach, and after seeing the Under Armor game, great recruiting (Gholston is a freak), but in the end it is great to see that some things never change. MSU 31 - TT 41.
The article is here, in convenient one page format. An excerpt is below; if this is still too long, feel free to call me an idiot and tell me to fix it.
This is a comparison that a lot of coaches like to make -- sometimes earnestly, sometimes defensively. They compare their team to a family. But there are fundamental differences between a college football team and a family. I mean, if my son did what Glenn Winston or Roderick Jenrette did, I would be heartbroken, but I would not kick him out of my family. (Of course, the little dude has to learn to walk before he can commit a crime.)
My family is mine. Dantonio's team belongs to Michigan State University. And he has two problems here that he needs to address.
One is that second-chance policy. He doesn't have to get rid of it, but he absolutely should tighten it. When players commit violent or otherwise serious crimes, Dantonio should err on the side of dismissing the players. He still can be their father figure, their friend, their mentor or whatever else he wants to be. But sometimes a first offense is serious enough to warrant dismissal.
This would help address the second problem: the culture of the team. Dantonio said that 20 of his 21 seniors were on pace to graduate this spring (with the 21st planning to come back for a fifth year), and that is great. But the fact is that 13 of his players thought it was OK to go to a dorm potluck to confront somebody in an ongoing feud with a fraternity.
Forget the whole debate over whether this is the coaches fault (I think partly) and whether the media is treating this differently than if it had been RR (absolutely), I just can't wrap my mind around this incident.
You are an MSU player, you are getting a college education for free, you are being afforded the opportunity to play high level football (insert MSU is not high level football joke here) which is an opportunity most people never get and would kill for, and you throw it away on a revenge fight?
I just can't understand how dumb you would have to be to think this is a good idea. Now I know a bunch of people will say something about that's the quality of kids that go to MSU or that Dantonio set a precedent with Winston yadda yadda yadda, but seriously, rolling up in cars with a crew of 20 to give a beat down when you have all this going for you? I just can't get over the sheer stupidity of it. You just threw so much away over getting "revenge." If anyone can please explain to me what goes through these kids minds, at lots of universities when stuff like this happens not just MSU, I would love to hear it because I seriously cannot fathom how dumb you would have to be to think what they did was a good idea.
10. Green Ivy (choking plants) Michigan State Agricultural College
9. The Riddler (puzzles) ?????
8. Sandman (shape shifting) Ex-Con
7. The Grinch (ruins holidays) Lack of New Years Bowls
6. Al Gore (carbon credits) hot air
5. The Hulk (pumped up) Tony Mandarich
4. Dr. Doom (evil plotting) hates the much smarter Dr. Reed http://mreed.umtri.umich.edu/mreed/
3. The MSU Football Team (mob beatings) The MSU Football Team
2. The Green Goblin (pumpkin bombs)Setting Things on Fire
1. The Joker (insanity) belief that they will win Big Ten 10 title - again
So apparently Jimmah was featuring a black eye this week at practice stemming from a "sucker punch" outside of a South Bend bar.
1) South Bend has bars? Really?
2) They allow emus into said bars?
3. In light of what happened at MSU on Sunday, 1/5 of MSU's football team racked up some serious mileage over the weekend.
All kidding aside, I really hope that somebody gets in trouble for this. I'm sure Clausen was not blameless, but I also suspect this stemmed from the UConn loss earlier in the day. There is no reason to punch a college kid in the face, and I do not care what rationalization you may have or how you feel about his abilities as a football player.
From The Detroit News:
15-20 men, some in ski masks assaulted multiple people in a dorm attack this past Sunday. Witnesses have identified some participants as football players although there hasn't been an official confirmation yet.
It appears that they were looking for someone who had been in an altercation at a frat party (Iota Phi Theta) the night before with one of the attackers. When they couldn't find him, they attacked random people. Seven were injured.
Yikes. If these are actual football players, this is not going to look good for the MSU program.
Detroit Free Press: http://www.freep.com/article/20091124/SPORTS07/91124039/1322/Report-MSU-...