Dallas – The news that Jim Harbaugh will be the next coach at Michigan got very little reaction from Michigan State players and coaches on Monday.
The Spartans are preparing to play No. 5 Baylor in the Cotton Bowl on Thursday and were more focused on finishing the season with 11 victories, a number they have reached three times in the last four seasons, as they have controlled the series against their biggest rival.
“No,” was co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner’s response when asked if he had any reaction.
Junior quarterback Connor Cook, who has won both games he has started against Michigan, thinks having a coach who has won at the highest level will be a good thing for the Wolverines.
“I think it’s probably what their program needs,” Cook said. “They haven’t been successful the last couple years and Harbaugh has been successful wherever he has gone. So I think it’s what their program needs.”
Michigan State has won six of the last seven against Michigan, including a 35-11 victory this season at Spartan Stadium. Head coach Mark Dantonio has a 6-2 mark against the Wolverines, winning a pair of Big Ten championships and three straight bowl games in that span.