Mark Dantonio gets asked a Harbaugh khaki question at his bowl press conference

Submitted by Amaizing Blue on December 15th, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Delightful video-the question begins at about the 6:57 mark, and 90 seconds of video gold ensues.  The fact that Mike Leach is there to add his comments only make it better.  Even I will concede the question is totally out of line and ridiculous-but it's still delicious.

* I may get negged for this, and that's fine.  It's so cringeworthy that some will find it worthwhile.…



December 15th, 2017 at 11:36 AM ^

...he had been waiting patiently to give his answer to the playoff expansion question, as Leach had gone on for nearly 2 minutes with his answer.  As Dantonio begins to answer, the abrupt shut down and khaki question.  If you look closely, you can see the pressure building.


December 15th, 2017 at 8:57 AM ^

Someone played this for me last night, and part of me was like, "Only Mark Dantonio seems to attract these questions...." and then part of me looks over to the reporter and thinks, "Did you ever think so hard about a joke that when you moved to execute the joke, it became painfully obvious to all that you had thought hard about it?"

1989 UM GRAD

December 15th, 2017 at 9:03 AM ^

It has got to drive D’Antone crazy that he gets these questions. It’s a constant reminder that Michigan is the bigger and more prestigious/popular program/school...despite the relative on-field success MSU has enjoyed over the last ten years.


December 15th, 2017 at 9:05 AM ^

It just occurred to me that the media is "full on" trolling Mark Dantonio.  Dantonio has proven to be VERY insecure and childish about U of M.  Too easy to get him to squirm.

It's like the kid who everyone pokes fun at because he can't chill out.

The national media has their cheat sheet.  It was a bad joke/question, but will get a bunch of hits/clicks even though it was poorly executed.  It's like printing money for these guys.

Perkis-Size Me

December 15th, 2017 at 9:23 AM ^

Unless you're one of the lucky ones working for the NYT, the Wall Street Journal or maybe the Washington Post, I don't think there are really ANY journalists out there who would classify themselves as well-paid. 

You're working for pennies in an industry where countless people are getting laid off every month. 


December 15th, 2017 at 9:16 AM ^

Media can't: spell his name correctly, pronounce his name correctly, gets the name if his school wrong, and yet knows every little detail about Jim Harbaugh. This has to eat him alive and I'll be here to enjoy every minute of it.


December 15th, 2017 at 9:20 AM ^

One day Malachi d'Artagnan is really going to snap at someone for asking him an irrelevant Harbaugh question. Maybe not John L. Smith smack-yourself-in-the-face snap, but he'll snap.

Everyone Murders

December 15th, 2017 at 9:27 AM ^

I think he runs a wretched football program and fails on the situational ethics front on the reg.

HOWEVAH, IMO he (a) handled this pretty well and (b) also appreciated the wonder that is Mike Leach.  Dantonio seemed to be channeling Eminem (from the appearance with Herbstreit and Musberger) when asked the original question, and did a pretty good job of expressing "WTF are you asking me about?" without going into Disrespekt Rage.  Baby steps, but still - not a bad showing.

SD Larry

December 15th, 2017 at 9:29 AM ^

this whole clip even though I started.  Maybe its because both coaches look like they are so uncomfortable it made me uncomfortable watching in my own home. Appreciate the upvote worthy post though.  


December 15th, 2017 at 9:54 AM ^

I know we dislike Antonia but lets be honest, the guys a great coach.. as a competitor it would piss me off to hear about my rival all the time too. Cant really fault him for answering the way he did. The reporter had quite possibly the worst line of questioning I've heard in some time.


December 15th, 2017 at 10:13 AM ^

a good coach.  Great coaches don't go 3-9.  Great coaches don't lose 38-0 in the CFP.  Great coaches don't trail a game 35-0 early in the second quarter, against anybody.  Dantonio feasted on a BIG with Michigan going through a generational transition and Penn State going through a generational crisis.  OSU was in the middle of a transition as well.  I'm not saying they are going to "disappear" from relevance like was forecasted by some but you do have to look at the landscape at the time when qualifying his real accomplishments. 

Mark Dantonio is a good coach, and he has done some impressive things with that program based on where it was when he got it, but he has not achieved greatness.  (And just to be clear, no, neither has Harbaugh).  His team did well for itself this year in a bounce back but they went 9-3 and got pounded by ND and OSU.  They did not contend for anything any more than Michigan did.  That MSU-OSU game was really bad and they should feel bad about it.


December 15th, 2017 at 10:21 AM ^

They did contend until the whipsaw in Columbus.

Either way I do think the series has been either competitive or a dominating win for us in the Harbaugh era. Hopefully next year the ship is righted even at their place.


December 15th, 2017 at 10:48 AM ^

Close wins over weak competition and then anomalous conditions in 2 key games. Credit to D'antonia for getting the wins with good management amidst a crap roster, but they are a lucky 9-3 team instead of a strong 9-3 team. Last year they were an unlucky 3-9 team. Combined .500 is about right for their real capability.


December 15th, 2017 at 11:13 AM ^

Recent history suggests that something comfortably above .500 is "about right."

MSU isn't going to be a national championship threat in the near future (if ever), but Dantonio has been beating most of the Big Ten regularly for the last few years with a bunch of guys the STARZ gazers generally consider chumps.