Chris Holtmann isn’t going to be winning over any new fans in East Lansing. A comment the Ohio State head coach made to an official at the end of Sunday’s loss to Michigan State isn’t being well received on social media.
Michigan State owned a double-digit lead with under 10 seconds to play in East Lansing on Senior Day. In a tradition that has been longstanding with the Spartans, head coach Tom Izzo substituted his seniors out of the game, allowing them to received a standing ovation from the Breslin Center crowd.
As they left the floor, they also kissed the Spartan logo at center court, another tradition in East Lansing.
But apparently Holtmann wasn’t too fond of the process. According to Larry Lage of the Associated Press, Holtmann told an official that “they should do that after the game” to kiss the logo at midcourt.
"They should do that after the game," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann told a ref, complaining about the Spartans' tradition of having seniors kiss the logo at midcourt on Senior Day.
— Larry Lage (@LarryLage) March 8, 2020
It's time, Cassius. 😘 pic.twitter.com/1Zflz2lcAh
— Michigan St. on BTN (@MichiganStOnBTN) March 8, 2020
It seems like sour grapes, as Ohio State dropped an 80-69 decision to Michigan State. With the win, the Spartans took home their third-straight B1G regular season title. They will be the No. 2 seed in the B1G Tournament next week.
Holtmann may not like the tradition in East Lansing, but don’t expect it to go anywhere.