Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke has released a statement saying he has apologized to Michigan State head coach Mark Danotnio for a display of “poor sportsmanship” prior to the game on Saturday.
Wolverines junior linebacker Joe Bolden ran out of the tunnel with a tent stake and spiked it into the Spartan Stadium turf prior to kickoff.
Hoke said he spoke with Dantonio on the phone on Sunday to offer his apology.
Statement retrieved from MLive.com:
“I want to publicly apologize to Coach Dantonio as well as the players and supporters of Michigan State for our act of poor sportsmanship displayed pre-game yesterday. I spoke with Mark earlier today and expressed to him that we meant no disrespect to his team,” Hoke wrote Sunday. “During our regular Friday night team meeting, one of the topics presented to motivate our team was a history lesson addressing commitment and teamwork in a tough environment. A tent stake was presented to the team as a symbol of this concept. The stake was brought into our locker room as a visual reminder, and one of our team leaders chose to take it out on the field.
“As the leader of our football program, I take full responsibility for the actions of our team. We believe in displaying a high level of respect at the University of Michigan and unfortunately that was not reflected by this action prior to kickoff.”