Michigan State should be called out for dirty play against Wolverines
I sincerely hope that AnnArbor.com will be challenging the Michigan State coaches regarding the play of their team on Saturday (Oct. 15). I've been watching Michigan Football for 16 years, and I've never seen Michigan play as dirty a team as they did on Saturday against Michigan State.
Michigan State had six personal foul/roughing the passer penalties. By comparison, Michigan has had five total against State in the five years since Mark Dantonio became head coach. All six penalties State committed were dangerous, and most were clearly intended to injure the Michigan player.
Following the game, Michigan State defensive coordinator was quoted saying "that's what we try to do, sixty minutes of unnecessary roughness. I'm just happy it didn't get called on every snap." He qualified that statement by claiming he didn't support the penalties that got out of hand. I expect that you will be asking him what penalties he was condoning. Of these six unnecessary roughness-like penalties Michigan State was called for, which was he supporting?
- Punching a Michigan player.
- A late full-speed hit against a player who was well out of bounds.
- A horse-collar tackle by the Michigan player's hair.
- Two roughing the passer penalties, both of which were late hits that twisted Denard Robinson and threw him to the ground in a way that appeared intended to injure him, one of which successfully took Robinson out of the game.
- After the play was dead, jumping on Denard Robinson and twisting his facemask as hard as possible, with the clear intent of injuring him.
This is particularly concerning following last year, when Michigan player Mike Martin was badly injured by a Michigan State player's chop block, one of the most dangerous plays in football.
I'll expect that you will continue to press Michigan State coaches for answers as to why their players have continued to commit dangerous penalties intended to injure the opponent, why they have supported those actions to the media, and whether they will take any action to penalize their players who took those actions.
Oak Park, Ill.