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Michigan AD Releases Statement About Incident From Michigan State Game

Jim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Saturday's Michigan vs. Michigan State game was a fiery one throughout, including both before and after the game.

Ahead of kick-off, Michigan players did not vacate the field as Michigan State came out for its pregame team walk. That resulted in a dust-up, and some fiery words from both sides.

After the game, Jim Harbaugh called the situation "bush league," and said that Mark Dantonio was standing five-yards behind the scuffle smiling.

Before the game, a 21-7 Wolverines win, Devin Bush tore up the Spartans' midfield logo with his cleats. The whole afternoon was not exactly filled with good sportsmanship.

Michigan State released a statement about the pregame scuffle today, essentially standing behind its team, stating that Michigan was aware of the timing for MSU's team walk and didn't leave the field.

This evening, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel also put out a statement.

Via Angelique Chengelis:

"I had a conversation on the field with Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman prior to the game regarding the situation that occurred during pre-game warmups. My preference is to keep that conversation and any further discussions between us. I will work with our staff and the conference to see how this situation can be prevented from happening in the future. It is a great rivalry between two Michigan Universities, and the focus should remain on the game, the way it's played, and the final result."

The win was much-needed by Michigan football, which entered the year under fire because of the team's lack of big wins under Jim Harbaugh.

Now, the Wolverines have back-to-back wins against Wisconsin and Michigan State, they're directly in the College Football Playoff picture, and Ohio State is reeling after a blowout loss at Purdue. UM has to be pretty thrilled with how Saturday turned out, even if there were some ugly moments.