Recruiting Nation-Sparty Disrespect

Submitted by Hammer of Thor on October 16th, 2015 at 5:19 PM

I was watching ESPN's Recruiting Nation and the segment is about Michgan vs Michigan State's national recruiting footprint.  Keep in mind, this is not me laughing in the background....(hope the embed worked)



October 16th, 2015 at 5:36 PM ^

The lack of trash talking from Harbaugh and the Michigan players is a sign of disrespect... if Michigan really respected MSU, they'd be trash-talking.


October 16th, 2015 at 5:39 PM ^

The only difference btw this "lack of respect" "chip on shoulder" crap turning from a motive to a meme is a 6 out of 8 win streak by UM.

It's always been this way - MSU just couldn't do a damn thing about it for nearly 50 years.  Can't wait for the next 8 meetings.



October 16th, 2015 at 5:45 PM ^

At what point does objective assessment cross the line into disrespect. Good lord inferiority complexes are wearisome.

There's a serious issue with using perceived slights as a way to motivate players: at what point does it stop focusing them and start distracting them?

You have to be an expert at maintaining that focus - Dantonio is. But the result is football players who think it's ok to deliberately injure opponents because, "hey, they earned it, and we have to prove them wrong."

I can only hope that NFL coaches (for the talented ones) or trusted friends (for the not-talented ones) cure them of it later. Because in the non-football world that way of thinking will eventually put you in a bad place.

Cranky Dave

October 16th, 2015 at 6:01 PM ^

Get into the workforce they are the people who will take things like smaller cubicle, an office with one less ceiling tile, or not having an assigned parking space and turn it into a reason to quit. Or punch their boss


October 16th, 2015 at 6:57 PM ^

I hope Mike D'Antoni says they all have massive chips on their shoulders, even the towel boy. Then I hope Michigan fucking crushes them 41-0 so all their fans shut the fuck up for a week.

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Cali Wolverine

October 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM ^

and USC and UCLA are very similar. Michigan has been down and had several coaches since Lloyd. USC has been down (for USC) and has had several coaches (and years of sanctions) since Pete. Their backyard rivals have had greater success on the field during this period with better coaching. And even with the success of UCLA and Michigan State...and streaks of beating their rival (handily at times)...they are still second fiddle from a national perspective. UCLA had one of the best recruiting classes I have ever seen them have, last year...USC's was still better. Michigan State just won the Rose Bowl and has a great coach...and they still get no respect. Now that Harbaugh is what point does Dantonio pull a Saban and jump for the SEC? You can also bet that as soon as USC gets their Harbaugh...Mora will be jumping back to the NFL.

Cali Wolverine

October 16th, 2015 at 8:14 PM ^

I read that back and can't believe that I accidently compared Michigan State to UCLA. That's like comparing a dirty blond stripper to Margot Robbie.

I meant it more of a comparison as to the state of the respective big brother/little brother football rivalries.


October 17th, 2015 at 12:33 AM ^

Doubt Mora goes to the NFL, he just made a huge donation to help build UCLA's athletic complex.

Other than that the parallels are there(much as I hate to say it as a UCLA fan). The one quibble I have is this. UCLA signed a lot of great national recruits and I would argue have the national reach that MSU does not. UCLA's problem is that there's a ton of Southern California kids who grow up wanting to be Trojans and it's hard for them to break that barrier. Kind of like Michigan recruiting in Ohio.


October 17th, 2015 at 1:29 AM ^

Drank whiskey during the hockey game, slowed down with not your fathers after because tomorrow morning I have engagement pics. Can't wait to officially bring in wife day next year. Go blue tomorrow (today!) M by 10