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.