4 straight losses to MSU: 'We need to do something about it,' Michigan football coach Brady Hoke says
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Michigan football coach Brady Hoke doesn't read press clippings about his team.
But he took notice last month when Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio told ESPN.com, "We've beat Michigan the last four years. So where's the threat?"
"They've beat Michigan the last four years, and we need to do something about it," he said during an interview Friday with WTKA-AM, in support of the station's benefit for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.
"I mean, we have to do our job. We haven't done our job."
Michigan State has beaten the Wolverines four consecutive years -- including by a 28-14 score last year, which dealt Michigan its first loss of the season.
The Spartans also knocked quarterback Denard Robinson from the game due to injury, and star defensive lineman William Gholston punched Michigan's Taylor Lewan in the throat.
Gholston later was suspended by the Big Ten for one game.
It's safe to say Oct. 20 will be a significant day for Michigan next season -- but Hoke isn't peeking that far ahead.
"We play a pretty significant football game Sept. 1," he said, referring to the blockbuster opener against defending national champ Alabama. "To be honest with you, we try and take it one week at a time, one game at a time, and we've got better things to worry about here at Michigan, and to talk about, than what other people may think or say."