MSU’s future games with Notre Dame still on for now; Dantonio addresses boos

As for now, the future games in Michigan State’s series with Notre Dame are still on.

Notre Dame made news earlier today when they opted of scheduled games with Michigan in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. MSU coach Mark Dantonio was asked about that at his weekly press conference today.

“I don’t know the answer to that question. I don’t know the answer, how that is going to flow,” Dantonio said when asked about the state of MSU’s series with Notre Dame. “Only thing that’s important to me is that we win. That’s important. We didn’t win the last one or the one before it, so… But I think it’s a great rivalry. Dates back a long time.

“I think Notre Dame was responsible, has a large responsibility, from everything I’ve read, in terms of getting us in the Big Ten Conference. I think there’s a part of that tradition, there’s a part of that culture and climate that is good for both schools. But those decisions will be made by other people.”

MSU AD Mark Hollis told Rexrode that he hasn’t heard anything regarding canceling games from Notre Dame.

Here’s the contract situation for MSU-Notre Dame.

In the MSU-Notre Dame agreement, if either school cancels a game, it must pay damages to the other school — $1 million with six months notice or less, $500,000 with notice of more than six months and less than two years, and $150,000 with notice of two years or more.

In other things from Dantonio’s press conference he addressed the boos from the crowd during Saturday’s game against Eastern Michigan. He said following the game he was primarily upset  with the way his team carried themselves.

“I can’t control that aspect of what’s going on sometimes. That (boos) happens everywhere. I was at Ohio State last year playing and they were booing their team. I think it happens. It just happens. It’s the society we live in right now,” Dantonio said. “When we did catch the one pass, it was a little bit, they gave you the Bronx cheer for catching the one pass, gets you a little bit.

“I guess it happens. But, no, I’m not upset. What I do ask is if you’re a Spartan fan, thick and thin. There’s been thin, and there will be thin at times. But enjoy the experience. You’re not making it better by booing. I can handle it. Our players will have to handle it. That’s part of growing up. That’s part of the growth, being mature and confident.

“But I can understand it, too. I can understand the frustration. Believe me, I can understand the frustration. But use it as a positive and use it as a tool to get better and come out the second half. I thought we came out the second half, played much better, much more energized, too.”

Dantonio reiterated the “through thick and through thin” line and added that his team has had a tremendous amount of success at home the last few seasons.

“I know there’s frustration out there, but we’ve won 16 out of 17 games in this stadium,” Dantonio said. “We’re certainly working at it. It’s frustrating for all of us, as indicated by my press conference Saturday evening.”

And for those of you planning on being on campus for College GameDay on Saturday morning, here are some details.

The remote College GameDay set will be just north of Beaumont Tower. The gates to the College GameDay compound open at 7 a.m.

Parking is available at the Grand River Avenue ramp for $15. Ramp 6 opens at 6:30 a.m. Tailgating cannot begin until 9 a.m. when the remainder of campus lots open.

College GameDay airs from 9-10 a.m. on ESPNU and from 10 a.m. – noon on ESPN.

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47 Responses to MSU’s future games with Notre Dame still on for now; Dantonio addresses boos

  1. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    10 things from the Bleacher Report:


  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Great that ND kept us over Scum , power and arrogance cometh before a fall

    Folks need to keep in mind this one thought, Mark Dantonio has one 9 games or more 3 of the last 4 years and no matter what happens this year I can bet you after 8 years it will be 6 0ut of 8 and if he stays four more than 9 out of 12, thats the kind of consistancy that matters, as for this year as long as we make some changes and go down swinging I wont complain. I know that adjustments will be made, be they Adams at WR , Drone at tight end, Capers as slot back or differant tweaks and slants on the O line to compensate for Funoti. And I look forward to a great season, dont write us off yet.

    • avatar NorthForkRancher says:

      81–I liked the “through thick and through thin” line by MD.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Yes , but you have to remember that thin is now 7-5 and thick is 11-1 before Dantonio thin was 5-7 and thick was 8-4 so I am satisfied with the program, btw could 89 or somebody rank Dantonios last three years 37-16 with the other Bten schools we have to be in the top 4 with that percentage.

        • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

          The vacated wins of OSU & PSU drop these teams below the Spartans.

          It looks like you’re interested in 2008-2011. If so, the top five are:

          UW 39-14
          UNL 38-16
          MSU 37-16
          Iowa 35-17
          NU 30-22

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Incidentally, to all those who know Buddy James and the tactics he used to use (attacking when the thread has gone obsolete, well guess who is doing it now? JLS

      • avatar behind the green curtain says:

        Wrong sonny boy, I am battling , battling, battling and I am gonna keep on battling.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Try to get that battling done on the field, there bunkie. right now your troops look like the Guatemalan army in a pitched battle against the United States Marine Corps.

  3. avatar 79 Spartan says:

    Love the (I believe this is how it’s spelled) “tailgating” starting time …

  4. avatar Ben Green says:

    I hope the game with ND stays in place. It’s a high profile rivalry and good for the program.

    A gem pitched by Sanchez tonight. Tigers tied for 1st.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Sanchez was something! Miggy trails by 1 HR.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        I think the Tigers can pull this off, White Sox have a tough series with the Angels on the west coast, they should lose two out of three at least out there.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Already lost all 3 games out there, they have a 4 game road trip to Tampa left after the game with Cleveland tomorrow. Tigers end with 3 @Minnihaha after 2 more at home with KC.

  5. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Just to put a point on the “thick and thin” line, there is a line that the Marine Corps always does more with less, sometimes the coffers are full and sometimes they were very bare, but the most important thing was getting the job done. What Coach is intimating is that his players and staff aren’t going anywhere, that they are just as frustrated as the fans are and that we need to ALL pull in the same direction. That’s how you do more with less, folks. Teamwork moves mountains, just ask a hill of ants.

    • avatar behind the green curtain says:

      Spoken like a general in the guatemalan air force.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        At least I can qualify for something because I have a natural/learned talent; you, Smittie, not so much.

      • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

        And your idea of leadership is to tell the media to smile and that everyone has to pull together in Alabama! Smittie, just tell your creditors you ain’t ever gonna have it, tell your family there is no inheritance (sonny boy will have to find a job), and head on back to the mountains where you can hunt and fish as long as you have the scratch for a license, darn there’s that need for money again – the travel and the fees.

  6. avatar NJ Rob says:

    Let’s hope our receivers don’t pull a Durell Summers for the entire season…the mental stuff is much harder to fix than the physical stuff. They’re all studs, but man, we just need Fowler to make a catch in the end zone and get that monkey off his back…or another guy to bust a tackle and take it the house…will do wonders for all of them when it happens, hopefully this weekend.

    Johnny Adams at wideout? Still noodling on this one…

  7. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Marine, Graham Couch upset with Dantonio today, his coloumn says he cant understand why Western Michigan players available every week, sounds like he misses covering the MAC?

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      You have to remember Couch never read Rommel’s book, too many big words in a funny language. Of course MAC players are available every day, NOBODY but the 10k people in Kzoo or Mt Clements reads what they have to say because they don’t impact the National Football Landscape. Grahm Cracker Couch’s small time attitude is going to keep him right here until the LSJ folds. The guy is a hack.

    • avatar '89 Chemistry says:

      Without reading the article, I’d venture that Couch simply doesn’t know that MD did this a year ago during OSU week. (I was a little skeptical at the time but concluded that MD deserved benefit of doubt given the unique combination of native Ohioans on the depth chart and the rise of Twitter gaffes.) So for him it may be news; the rest of the press corps saw this last year and criticized the policy (or not) back then.

      Beyond that, there is a strong critical case to make; those who wish to make it should be able to do so and stand or fall on merit.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        89, I went on there a couple of days ago before he wrote the column and advised him why Dantonio did it and that he would have done it this year if we were 4-0 and coming off a 50-0 win. It was all because of the large number of Ohio kids on the squad. So he had notice and wrote the piece anyway.

  8. avatar MSUDersh says:

    I hate hearing college players booed. I get it, they didn’t look good out there, but they’re still kids. Boo the coaches, boo the officials, but don’t boo the players (and I believe the players were being booed bc of the Bronx Cheer when they made a catch).

    Especially coming from the students, people who were at the game told me the students (those who bothered to show up) acted horribly. Grow some class, the people you were booing are your dormmates, classmates, and maybe even friends.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Part of that comes from the last two years, expectations are never to have a drop off but unless you are Alabama in the NFL developmental league , talent levels are cyclical. People don’t understand that part of college football or don’t care.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      This is the entitlement generation, those students should have a bandwagon to jump on no matter how little they get it. Mom and Dad are paying for those tickets, by gum, so it’s their right to boo. It doesn’t matter that NONE could ever or have ever played any organized sport except T-ball where they had to participate, they could all be doing a better job than any of those on the field, so it’s their right to boo. (somebody tell any of the booers, if they read this, that it’s sarcasm)

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      I hear ya and you have my attention. How do you boo just the coaches? “Boo Coaches, Boo Coaches”, will still come out as “BOOOOOOO”. ;)

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Coaches get booed in other places with empty seats, not a problem here.

        • avatar dmbtierney says:

          No empty seats? It seems that no one told the students who sit in the East Upper Stands that there was a game last Saturday. I guess they only come out for the biggies.

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Entitlement says that biggies should be played every weekend at home. You know like at the “septic tank” last year, although UMass doesn’t really qualify as biggie

          • avatar Lancelot_Spartan says:

            Yeah I noticed that too, alot of empty student section seats…

          • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

            I was there but they didn’t come out for me. I’m there every home game but many do not come anyway.

    • avatar Not a Boo-bird says:

      From where I sat, the Boo’s were aimed at those calling the plays.

      • avatar LeeBee says:

        You are absolutely correct. That is the same feeling I got. early in the game, Spartans were 1 for 11 on third down conversions. I remmeber a voice from behind me “C’mon defense, you’r all we’ve got”

        • avatar LeeBee says:

          I forgot to add: 3rd down, 8 to 10 yards to go, we throw a 3 or 4 yard pass with no yards after the catch. That is what started the boos

  9. avatar Spartydoobydoo says:

    Would love to see some screen passes to start the game and get the receivers used to catching the ball again….I’ve got a feeling as soon as they “remember” how to catch and then run, there will be a HUGE improvement in the passing game.

    Also, run the ball, run the ball, run the ball, then PLAY ACTION PASS!! Haven’t seen enough of the play action for how dominate we’ve been on the ground.

    All in all, get some confidence in these receivers and the sky’s the limit again!!

    Go Green!!

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      You are so correct in the importance of early, simple successes with catches. Maxwell will feed off of this and he will then gain confidence. He’ll be reading and throwing instead of “thinking” about accuracy and drops.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Lets all hope that Graham Couch does not alienate Coach Dantonio

        • avatar GoSt8Go says:

          he peers in the business won’t let that happen.

        • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

          Grahm Cracker isn’t a beat writer, so he isn’t of concern to Coach Dantonio. Our beat writer by definition is still Joe Rexrode. None of these 3 has that accompanying moniker (unless I missed it)

          Unless the Advertising Dept gets on the stick, we won’t even have an LSJ to ridicule in the near future.

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            Are they going to pay for Solari gas to drive to road games? Who will be the beat writer on the road?

          • avatar Spartan 81 says:

            Graham Couch
            “The players at Western Michigan were always made available to me three days a week. Mark , what will I do , where will I go, what will become of me.”
            Coach Dantonio
            “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn”

          • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

            Gotta luv it!

          • avatar GoSt8Go says:

            I have chosen to boycott that blog. I will not participate in a site with a name that is derogatory toward behaviors that only gain us bad press. Boooooo Graham.

  10. avatar '89 Chemistry says:

    This is amazing:

    While the drop methodology is suspect, it makes a case that a little improvement will go a long way even using conservative assumptions.

    Also [1] Caper’s ypt are only 1/5th of what they were last September (!), and [2] the opposing defenses have been better in 2012; a 7.9 ypt rate for Maxwell wasn’t realistic, imo.

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