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War of words between Michigan, Michigan State extends to radio booth

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 29, 2011

It didn't take long for critics to start firing back at Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio.

After Dantonio called his close friend and mentor Jim Tressel a "tragic hero," heads began scratching across the country.

Jim Brandstatter, the color commentator for Michigan's radio broadcasts, was the most vocal.

"Sorry...but tragic hero remark about Tressel is wrong on a lot of levels," Brandstatter wrote on his Twitter account. He later added "When is lying to your boss, to the NCAA heroic. Is it heroic to teach young men that wrong isn't wrong unless you get caught? Gimme a break"

Dantonio was expecting the questions about Tressel on Thursday. He knew his response would create backlash, but he doesn't seem bothered by it. Particularly from a Michigan guy. Dantonio has seemed to relish taking swipes at U-M in the past.

"I don't even know who that guy is," Dantonio said of Brandstatter. "As far as I'm concerned, he's never coached one day of college football or had a relationship with a college player -- a real, meaningful relationship. But I knew I was going to be criticized. That's OK."

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