Somehow MSU has been able to portray itself as the most moral school in the state. Dantonio recruits in-state, and this is the right thing to do for Michigan. Far better to win with local boys than flashy recruits from California or Florida.
We were told repeatedly last night how inspiring the grass roots Spartans were, as if MSU basketball somehow chose to carry the state of Michigan on its back.
Then, at the post-game press conference, Tom Izzo gave the most moral and humble concession speech. He was classy and generous and what's more, he even coached with Judd Heathcoate. Unlike Belein, he's no journeyman. Instead he's loyal like coaches used to be. This is good for the state of Michigan.
This kind of thing used to bother me for obvious reasons, especially with regard to in-state football recruiting. But last night when MSU was getting blown out, the whole moral Sparty thing just seemed contrived -- and it didn't bother me anymore. I guess what I wonder is, why and how did all this moral Sparty business get started? Maybe the answer is obvious, but it still seems stupid and pathetic.