MSU's Dantonio says no slight on postgame handshake

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

When Michigan State scored on the final play of the game to beat Michigan, 27-23, on Saturday, the Spartans streamed onto the field at Michigan Stadium in celebration.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh stops to shake hands with Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis after failing to locate MSU head coach Mark Dantonio for the customary postgame handshake after a shocking reversal of fortunes on the final play of the game led to an MSU victory 27-23.

Caught up in the moment, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio followed, overcome by the excitement of the victory. A few seconds later, Dantonio noticed safety Jalen Watts-Jackson, the game's hero, was on the ground with a broken hip. It was only moments after that he realized he hadn't greeted Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh for a postgame handshake.

It wasn't a slight, and after the game, Dantonio called Harbaugh a "good man" and said he "respects the University of Michigan and what coach Harbaugh has done so far and the direction they are going."

On Sunday, Dantonio again emphasized his respect for Harbaugh.

"It's too bad," he said. "In a game, somebody is going to win and somebody is going to lose. And I'm sure that's a tough loss."

Harbaugh did seek out Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis on the sidelines to congratulate him and the two shook hands.