Former Michigan State coach reacts to rant 10 years later
In 2006, John L. Smith was the head coach of the Michigan State Spartans. During that season, when the Spartans played Notre Dame, it led the Fighting Irish in the fourth quarter by 16 points.
Despite the lead, Notre Dame came back and won the game, 40-37. This led to Mike Valenti, a radio talk show host in Detroit, famously ranting about the loss. The rant can be seen below.
If you don’t want to listen to all 17 minutes of it, Valenti basically talks about how much Michigan State choked the game away, making some interesting sounds regarding choking in the process. Smith, the coach of the Spartans at the time, never heard the rant.
Fast forward 10 years, to today, and Smith appeared on Valenti’s show. Valenti was out for the day, but his fill-in co-host Jeff Riger got Smith on the phone because of the 10-year anniversary.
Again, Smith hadn’t heard the rant until today. Here’s what he had to say about it on today’s show.
“It brings back old memories, we were probably doing the same thing, wishing we could rant,” said Smith, mildly, when Riger played him a segment of the 17-minute rant.
Smith added: “He’s never played the game … That’s where he belongs, up in the stands, ranting.” Putting up with that stuff is part of the job for coaches and players.
According to detroit.cbslocal.com, “It was one of the low points of his career, Smith said, but he had no clue about the rant and doesn’t know if any of the players, like Drew Stanton, were aware of it. He said the university president at the time may have been aware because she ‘listened to the blogs.'”
Smith talked some more about the tyrant he never knew existed.
“It’s kind of laughable, embarrass-able, laughable, if that’s … what you’ve done, God bless him, let him put it on his headstone and rest in peace, I guess,” Smith said.
“It’s great to see that you’re so famous now after your rant of I-don’t-know-how-many years ago, it’s great to see you’re still doing well, I wish you the best, and rant on, big boy, rant on,” Smith said, in a message to Valenti.
Wow. Not to beat a dead horse, but this was 10 years after the fact.
Imagine if Smith had heard the rant the day after the loss?