Michigan recruiting coordinator Jeff Hecklinski cut off by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio during presentation
No love is lost between the Michigan and Michigan State football teams, even in mid January.
There was an awkward altercation today between Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio and Wolverines receivers coach Jeff Hecklinski at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Winners' Circle Clinic in Kalamazoo.
Hecklinski, Michigan's recruiting coordinator, was speaking to high school coaches about the Wolverines' recruiting strategies when he was cut off mid-presentation by Dantonio, according to MLive's Jayson Bussa.
Dantonio, who was mic’ed up, cut Hecklinski off mid-presentation and summoned the rest of the panel members to the stage to, as he said, talk about more than just recruiting at Michigan.
A red-faced Hecklinski took a seat on the stage, joined by the rest of the panel, which included coaches from Wayne State, Siena Heights and Alma.
Both sides later chalked it up to a misunderstanding in forum’s format.
“I really didn’t know how this would work in this forum; it was the first time we’ve ever done this and I just didn’t know how this would work,” Dantonio said. “I didn’t want it to be a recruiting (speech for only Michigan).”
Hecklinski chose not to dwell on the altercation, either.
“Look, I understand my place,” said Hecklinski, who thought he had a 15-minute window to speak about his program. “What took place, took place and it is what it is. There is no reason to rehash it.”
Michigan's recruiting class is ranked among the top 10 by every major recruiting service, and has dominated in-state recruiting. The Wolverines have six of the state's top recruits, according to Rivals. Michigan State has two.
National signing day is Feb. 1.