Bush Reacts to Pregame Incident, Ripping Up Midfield

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Bush Reacts to Pregame Incident, Ripping Up Midfield

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Bush Reacts to Pregame Incident, Ripping Up Midfield

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Earlier in the week, MSU head coach Mark Dantonio said that the rivalry with Michigan since Jim Harbaugh arrived is a respectful one — well, so much for that!

It took all of, oh, the moment that MSU arrived at its home stadium for that to change things back to a chippy, hateful game.

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh called the incident “bush league,” and slammed MSU head coach Mark Dantonio for seemingly encouraging it.

If you don’t know about the pregame antics, it’s best explained by Michigan linebacker and team captain Devin Bush Jr., who found himself somehow in the middle of everything.

“We was warming up, a couple of our players,” Bush said. “Michigan State went straight out the whole 50 yards (wide) on the field, locked arms and walked 100 yards while we were trying to warm up.”

He continued, saying that it wasn’t that Michigan was refusing to leave the field or anything. As far as he and his teammates knew, they were using time they were allotted.

And that’s when things escalated.

“Nobody told us to get off the field,” Bush said. “As we were warming up, they just kept walking. They was all in our face. I don’t know what they tactic was, but we pushed through the line. They ripped Lavert’s headphones off. If they’re gonna mess with Lo, they’re gonna mess with me. That’s what happened.”

And then Bush escalated things even further.

As MSU cleared the field, Bush went to midfield and started using his cleats to tear apart the white-painted Sparty logo on the grass. Of course, that was what got more pregame reactions from the media and both fanbases, with many decrying Bush’s actions.

Bush doesn’t necessarily endorse his actions post-game, but he still stands by them.

“I just got caught up in the moment,” Bush said, before continuing to say that he felt disrespected, and that his reaction mid-field was an emotional one.

“It was pure emotion. I did what I did. I can’t take it back, so it is what it is.”

While the video of Bush’s retaliation hit the rounds, he kept mum about the situation when he got back to the locker room. His team was already fired up about what happened to Lawrence Marshall, Lavert Hill and others, so when he walked back in, he didn’t call a meeting with the captains, he didn’t share what he had done.

He kept it to himself, and let the play on the field be what sorted things out.

“I kinda left that out,” Bush said. “When I walked in, I cleared my head. I didn’t tell anybody else about it. Who was out there seen it, they seen it. I didn’t want it to become a distraction to the team or anybody, so I left it for what it was.”

And the play on the field is what ultimately decided things.

Michigan held MSU to just 94 total yards of offense, including 15 yards rushing and 79 yards passing.

As fellow team captain Tyree Kinnel ran over and grabbed the Paul Bunyan Trophy and brought it over to the Michigan sideline to celebrate with fans/un-dressed teammates in the stands, the celebration then shifted over to midfield, where the team made sure to have that party right there on Sparty.

That, of course, was on purpose.

“Yeah, we won — we’re gonna celebrate our win by taking Paul home,” Bush said. “We want everybody to know that.”

And won Michigan did, reclaiming the Paul Bunyan Trophy with a 21-7 victory in East Lansing.

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