The Dan Dakich vs. Michigan State controversy isn’t done yet.
Following the Spartans’ 74-66 win against Ohio State on Tuesday night, MSU coach Tom Izzo ripped Dakich after learning the ESPN commentator criticized Michigan State, tweeting “nobody whines like Sparty” and saying that MSU students could not get accepted into Michigan.
Well, now Dakich has more words, though this time they’re a little different. Dakich says he’s “reached out” to Izzo.
“Always had unreal respect for Coach Izzo MSU hoops + its fans!” Dakich wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Reached out to Tom this AM to clear the air..Look forward 2 that conversation.”
Dakich vs. Michigan State
Always had unreal respect for Coach Izzo MSU hoops+its fans! Reached out to Tom this AM to clear the air..Look forward 2 that conversation
— Dan Dakich (@dandakich) February 15, 2017
Dakich took down the tweet about Spartans students not being able to get into Michigan. But MSU students won’t forget — one even responded showing she did get into Michigan, as well.
“An ESPN sportscaster recently stated that MSU students are too dumb for U of M… So I’d just like to share this with him,” Lauren Coughlin wrote, including Dakich in the tweet.
Michigan State students responds
— Lauren Coughlin (@litttle_laurenn) February 15, 2017
You can read all of Izzo’s comments here following the win against Ohio State.
“And if I would’ve known that before the game, I would’ve embarrassed myself almost as much as he embarrassed himself, and I would’ve led the chants. Because calling us whiners (Dakich later deleted the tweets) and that is kind of unprofessional of classy broadcasters. George Blaha and everybody else wouldn’t even think to do something like that on TV. But saying our students couldn’t get in there (Dakich later deleted a tweet telling a fan he couldn’t get accepted to Michigan), and he’s doing games for Michigan when his son (Wolverines guard Andrew Dakich) is there? That is a disappointment, and that is ridiculous.
“And I think it’s funny because I’ve got no respect for him for that, and I’m gonna publicly say it. You can tweet it. You can read it. You can do whatever you want with it. But Twitter got him in trouble, and he earned it, and I’m surprised ESPN would let somebody say something like that, that works for ’em. That’s off my chest now. Another one for Twitter.
“But Danny owes our fans and our students an apology, and I probably won’t get it. But I’ve always gotten along with Dan, but as you know, it seems like this year, a lot of people have been mad at me. But I would’ve love to get in that Izzone and join those chants if I was on Twitter. Thank God I’m not. Thank God some of my friends are. So, there’s the commercial today, and now we’ll get back to the game.”