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MSU’s Dantonio to The Rock: ‘You’re welcome!’

The Detroit News

It might not have been all bad for Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio on Saturday. And it might lead to a visit from a wrestling legend.

Sure, his football team fell in triple overtime to Northwestern, 39-31, for its first conference loss of the season, but Dantonio did get a shoutout from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson after a cell phone went off at the podium during the coach’s postgame press conference.

The ringtone? A song from Disney’s “Moana.” It wasn’t Dantonio’s phone, but his response was enough to earn “props” from “The Rock” on Monday for “staying in the moment.”

Dantonio borrowed a page from the “Moana” tune — sung by Johnson’s character, Maui — in his response Tuesday on Twitter.

“ ‘Hey, it’s okay, it’s okay, you’re welcome!,’ ” Dantonio tweeted, quoting the song. “ ‘Well, come to think of it, I gotta go’ — Thanks for bringing a smile to our day! #GoGreen”

The exchange continued Tuesday, with Johnson offering an "atta boy" following the loss to Northwestern, and an invitation from Dantonio to be a guest at Spartan Stadium.

"Atta boy coach," Johnson tweeted. "We gotta smile sometimes thru our losses. Tough loss this past weekend, but no doubt will make the team stronger #GoGreen."

"You're welcome in East Lansing anytime," Dantonio responded in a tweet. "We will put you at midfield!"

It’s not the first time a Michigan sports figure has prompted a response from the star wrestler/actor this month. Lions receiver Golden Tate delivered “The Rock’s” signature “People’s Elbow” to a football following a touchdown against the Saints, drawing rave reviews from Johnson.