Winovich Backs His 'Little Brother' Comment Post-MSU Game

Winovich Backs His 'Little Brother' Comment Post-MSU Game

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Winovich Backs His 'Little Brother' Comment Post-MSU Game

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — It’s been nine days since Michigan left East Lansing with a 21-7 victory, yet the pregame and postgame back-and-forth continues to be a topic of conversation amongst the fans of both the maize and blue and green and white.

While there’s been the countless pundits scrutinizing the pregame march by the Spartans, who was or wasn’t supposed to be on the field, and who was culpable for the near-incident, less talked about was Chase Winovich reigniting the rivalry in his postgame interview, utilizing those two words that enflame MSU fans more than any other: ‘little brother.’

Winovich said to FOX Sports reporters after the game:

“We knew that they couldn’t hang with us and we did what we had to do, sometimes your little brother starts acting up, and you just gotta put them in place. They tried, they gave it their best it just wasn’t enough.”

Now, Winovich says he’s distancing himself from the comments — to a degree.

No longer does the fifth-year defensive end want to focus on MSU, with Penn State coming to Ann Arbor on Saturday. But, asked about his postgame comments in East Lansing, Winovich essentially demurs: Michigan State started it.

“That’s an interesting thing, because it’s like, on one hand, we’re moving on from it — which I am moving on from it and distancing myself from it,” Winovich said. “In my eyes, I didn’t start the fight. If I go through any other week — I’ve been interviewing with you guys for years; I’m not just trying to call teams out. Even postgame interviews — I don’t like a lot of teams, but I’m not gonna pick a fight. But it’s like, for them — they called us ‘little sister’ in the summer. They came there and tried their (pregame) antics with the helmet. Obviously, you guys know how that went. So, from there, they wanted us to take the low road and maybe I took the bait.

“Like I said, I don’t mean any harm from it. I’m just having fun. I think they took it a lot more serious than maybe I did. I’m moving on. I’m focusing on Penn State now. That’s the only thing that’s on my mind.”

Regardless, Michigan can essentially say what it wants for a full calendar year after dispatching its in-state rival in dominating fashion, with MSU returning to Ann Arbor on Nov. 16, 2019.

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