Mark Dantonio Violates New NCAA Rule Prohibiting Sub-Tweeting of Recruits

Submitted by EastCoast on March 22nd, 2016 at 10:55 AM

Michigan State just received a commitment from IMG TE Jack Camper. Following that commitment, Dantonio sent out the following tweet:


Congrats on Ascending from the Sunshine State to the Spartans. Will set up Camp permanently in EL next Jan. 2017. #V4MSU!

— Mark Dantonio (@DantonioMark) March 22, 2016


As noted by Baumgardner, this is likely a violation of the new NCAA rule against subtweeting recruits. I personally think that State should be given the death penalty for this egregious violation of a very serious, not stupid at all rule.



March 22nd, 2016 at 11:50 AM ^

I'm not creeped out. The reality, as pointed out in the ESPN article yesterday, is that Michigan has had more attention than any other college program, bar none. The Spring break practices got more coverage in a pretty slow news cycle than any single other thing. Making a reference to that is fair game. After all, Harbaugh makes plenty of references to other programs and people, from OSU to Tennessee to the whole SEC.

Stringer Bell

March 22nd, 2016 at 11:24 AM ^

I know who he is.  He's a guy who will take every and any opportunity to take a shot at Michigan, as he's done throughout his entire career.  He's had something to say about everything Harbaugh has done and this is no different.


March 22nd, 2016 at 11:22 PM ^

I don't get why some people love psychoanalyzing Dantonio's every word. I also think it's just a dumb pun about his name.

Even if it's about Michigan, how exactly is it a dig? Does no one remember Dantonio saying Michigan camping at IMG was a good idea? It was just a couple weeks ago and it was possibly the only positive thing he has ever said about Michigan.

We don't need to play the disrespekt card too.


March 22nd, 2016 at 12:10 PM ^

It also reads "permanently," while blue was only there for a short time--if you do not think that references both his name and Michigan, you can disagree without digging your heels in to argue that any other reading of the tweet is wrong. As a professional writer, I thought the tweet was a funny double entendre.


March 22nd, 2016 at 11:32 AM ^

When I read it initially I didn't see it as a dig at (or even a reference to) Michigan at all. After re-reading it - I still feel the same way.

This might not be OK because of rules against tweeting recruits, but this is totally fine with respect to Michigan. Stop looking for things that aren't there.


March 22nd, 2016 at 12:00 PM ^

are obsessed with Michigan.  Wanting your in-state rival to lose = being an in-state rival.  That is how we think of Michigan State.  Worrying less about losing a game to Middle Tennessee State and more about how losing a game to Middle Tennessee State effects another fan-bases perception of you = obsession.  That is Michigan State. 

Stringer Bell

March 22nd, 2016 at 12:34 PM ^

I mean, it's not a big deal.  I really didn't think it would turn into a big debate.  But I think he's definitely referencing Michigan's IMG practices, even if he's also referring to the recruit's name.  It's like when he said that they weren't having any "flair" for their signing day.  Obviously taking a dig at Harbaugh and him bringing in Ric Flair.  He's good at these kind of subtle digs, but it just shows his petty nature.


March 22nd, 2016 at 11:53 AM ^

I think you'd have to be pretty stupid NOT to see the dig in there.  Ultimately, that's the kind of behavior that makes rivlaries special.  I think it was quite clever.  Now I don't feel guilty for referring to them as "MMSU."