Michigan assistant trolls Mark Dantonio
Michigan’s recruiting has been a topic of discussion for a while now. It reached its boiling point yesterday when the Wolverines hosted a celebrity-filled “Signing of the Stars” event, which concluded with Michigan landing No. 1 recruit Rashan Gary.
But when Jim Harbaugh was in the early stages of recruiting last spring, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio was asked about the different methods used by Michigan and Ohio State.
“Hey, we just work at it,” Dantonio said to coachingsearch.com last spring. “Right now, we’re selling results. I’ve said this over and over. We’re selling results. Other people are selling hope.”
By others, Dantonio was indirectly referring to a Michigan team that was coming off a five-win season. Michigan assistant coach Jay Harbaugh responded to Dantonio’s comments back in May.
Fast forward to Thursday, when Michigan linebackers coach Chris Partridge was named Scout’s 2016 National Recruiter of the Year. In response to that, Jay Harbaugh again took to Twitter to throw some shade at his in-state rival.
That whole selling hope thing turned out okay I guess ? https://t.co/vZWpmgOSqt
— Jay Harbaugh (@JayHarbaugh) February 4, 2016
Michigan did land a higher-rated recruiting class than Michigan State, which has actually been common despite the Wolverines’ on-the-field struggles in recent years. Even though Michigan has had better recruiting classes than Michigan State all but once since 2015, MSU holds the 7-1 advantage in the series.
And while Michigan’s most recent haul generated the most buzz, Dantonio just roped in his top recruiting class to date.
Will the on-the-field results change with Harbaugh at the helm? That remains to be seen.
All we know for now is that there’s no love lost between these programs.