When asked about Michigan and the rivalry, Trevor Anderson (MSU, DE) said the following about Michigan:
"Before the game last year, Coach D told us that if you haven’t played Michigan, within 30 seconds you’ll realize why we don’t like them. After about 15 seconds, I realized why I didn’t like them. Just the total lack of respect that they have for our school in general. Not just the program, but the general lack of respect they have for us.”
He also called the lack of respect "sickening."
I have no problem with these comments, they come from a good healthy dislike that should be present in a rivalry but I question the accuracy.
No matter how we, as fans, feel about MSU I've always heard that Michigan's players respect the rivalry. Especially since many of the players are quite familiar with each other from high school (many players from MI on both sides).
I wonder what Michigan's players did in 15 seconds time on the field to show a lack of respect for MSU?
Did we not compliment them on their prison tatts? Were we too quick to dismiss their contribution to American agriculture? Did we not take note of their prize winning cow? Did we mutter too loudly about Sparty's "juiced" appearance?