Just in case the rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State was losing its spark, both teams found themselves in an interesting pregame situation on Saturday.
Before the game began for the Wolverines and the Spartans, each team had time to prepare on the field. Even though arguments rarely occur during these times, the two programs were ready for war early in the morning.
During Michigan State’s tradition of walking the field, some of Michigan’s players refused to get out of the way.
In the Spartans’ statement from Michigan State Athletic Communications Associate Director Ben Phlegar, he said the Wolverines were granted access to go on the field as long as they left during the tradition. Obviously, that deal was broken on Saturday.
Statement from MSU football on the pregame issue with Michigan. Says MSU left Kellogg at 9:47 a.m. and arrived at 10:02 a.m. pic.twitter.com/EKdP30VmDS
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) October 22, 2018
The statement reveals that Michigan State left later than expected from the Kellogg Center, and asked Michigan’s student-athletes to get off the field for their pregame walk.
Every story has two versions to it, which means the Wolverines’ side to this situation will be crucial. Fortunately, this incident wasn’t harmful in any way.
Nonetheless, both teams should be respectful of each other’s traditions and schedules.