Michigan State director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell posted a team graphic featuring Michigan State players. A pretty normal thing for those in the recruiting business.
On this graphic, it reads, “Those who have stayed are already champions.”
Which is fine, right? Until you realize that the Spartans have stolen a slogan from Michigan. “Those who stay will be champions” is one of Michigan’s traditional sayings going back to the Bo Schembechler days.
— Curtis Blackwell II (@MSUrecruiter) August 25, 2016
MLive.com points out that the phrase has been heavily used since Mark Dantonio’s tenure started:
The phrase is under banners from the Spartans’ three Big Ten championships under Mark Dantonio. Under that is the text “since Mark Dantonio’s arrival in 2007, every Spartan that has stayed at MSU for 4 years has won a Big Ten championship.”
The two schools played a classic last season after the Spartans blocked a Michigan punt and took it to the house for a game winning touchdown in Ann Arbor (we recently saw the play in amazing LEGO form). This tweet will only fuel the fire until they meet again in East Lansing on October 29.
Will the next one live up to the previous one? Probably not. But there’s no doubt it will be a fiery contest between two in-state rivals.