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Ex-Michigan State TE, Current Trustee Mitch Lyons Subtweets Jab At Jim Harbaugh

Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh patting quarterback Shea Patterson on the head.

ANN ARBOR, MI - SEPTEMBER 22: Head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a first half score with Shea Patterson #2 while playing the Nebraska Cornhuskers on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Mitch Lyons played tight end for Michigan State and later in the NFL, and has been on the Board of Trustees at his alma mater since 2011. This afternoon, Lyons tweeted a not-so-thinly veiled shot at the head coach of the Spartans' in-state rival.

On the day that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had his interview with ESPN's Colin Cowherd cut short for his lack of engaging answers, Lyons remarked on how proud he is of the way MSU coach Mark Dantonio represents his program publicly. 

">@DantonioMark ALWAYS represents our program with class. Never an embarrassment, even on a bad day. #SpartanPride

— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85)

I appreciate the way @DantonioMark ALWAYS represents our program with class. Never an embarrassment, even on a bad day. #SpartanPride

— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) July 1, 2015

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As you might imagine, Lyons received some backlash from UM fans for his statement.

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Lyons is of course referring to Michigan State's decision to include the score of its win over Michigan on the team's bowl rings this season.

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He's right about that. This rivalry has added a lot more juice to it recently, and that's a good thing for fans of both teams, the Big Ten, and college football in general.