Re: Quick Question for Michigan natives
What makes the difference for you between Michigan State and the University of Michigan? Why do you root for one and not the other?
IMO Michigan State is more of a superficial "party school," while U of M is more pedagogical/serious univeristy that is geared more towards teaching and academics than sports. Most MSU fans think that U of M fans are uptight or arrogant, while most U of M fans think that MSU fans are superficial party rejects that lack class. Ultimately, IMO, it sort of comes down to a war of the classes... MSU is much more blue collar.
Also, I think U of M tends more to do sports "the right way." I think Izzo does a good job with it regading the basketball team (looking for kids that stick around until their senior season, etc.), but they're getting away from that. That said, I have to admit that U of M might be going the way of the dark side with the Rich Rod hire. I really think that Rich Rod has acted in an ok manner thus far, despite some of the cirticism that he's received. IMO his biggest mistake was not retaining Ryan Mallet and putting all of his eggs in the Terrel Prior basket. That being the case, he might not have been able to retain Mallet regardless of what he did, and knowing that he put his best effort in his only card available. Whatever the case, it obviosuly didn't work out. Some say that Rich Rod lacks class, but I don't see it. I don't think he handled quitting his last job very well, I think that whole mess should have been handled in a more civil way, and I don't think that he knew, understood or respected U of M tradition (and Big 10 football for that matter) in the manner that he should have before taking the job. Still, I odn't think he has done anything that warrants his credibility being shaken. After all, he was brought in here to CHANGE the system, not keep it the same.
D'antonio, on the other hand, IMO, is a classless piece of poop. It's one thing for players to spout off (Mike Hart, being one of them... but that's not to say that THREE MSU players didn't spout off this year), but it is a total new ball-game for a coach to lower himself into the ranks of players and literally trash talk to players of the opposing team DIRECETLY. He is constantly making snide comments, and IMO, despite being a good football coach, lowers the class of the team (or at least keeps it where its at, in the basement!).