Why Patterson Gave Tips to OSU's Haskins for Michigan State Game

Why Patterson Gave Tips to OSU's Haskins for Michigan State Game

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Why Patterson Gave Tips to OSU's Haskins for Michigan State Game

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — You could hear fans of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all ask the question: wait, what?

What prompted all three fanbases to react so similarly? The revelation that Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson was giving Ohio State’s signal caller Dwayne Haskins tips as to how one would go about playing the MSU defense.

Of course, Michigan defeated MSU 21-7 on Oct. 20, a game in which the Wolverines dominated on both sides of the ball. In the lead up to the Buckeyes turn at the Spartans, Haskins told reporters that he had an ace in the hole.

“I watched like five games already since Sunday for Michigan State,” Haskins said Tuesday. “I talked to Shea Patterson, he played them earlier in the year, and just trying to figure out what they do defensively.”

This wasn’t just a ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ type of situation, however.

Though they are on the opposite sides of the rivalry now, the former Ole Miss quarterback, now playing for Michigan, has a history with the Buckeyes QB.

It wasn’t until afterwards that he realized that he created something of a firestorm in helping his now-arch nemesis.

“I didn’t – I don’t know what was going on there,” Patterson said. “Me and Dwayne have known each other since like the sixth or seventh grade. He asked me a question. It’s not like we sat down and we broke the defense down for like 20 minutes. He asked me one or two questions as a friend.”

Did he realize that it was going to go over so poorly, if word got out of a Wolverine helping a Buckeye beat the Spartans?

It was just more fodder for the other rivalry, proof to those in East Lansing that Michigan truly viewed MSU as the primary foe every year. While the latter certainly isn’t true, the bad blood that exists between the two in-state rivals might be more hot-blooded than ever, amplified by the pregame shenanigans that took place before this year’s battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.

Now, a week removed, Patterson understands why some took his conversation with Haskins as some sort of slight

Still, he doesn’t think much of it, given his and Haskins’ history.

“After the fact, yeah,” Patterson said. “Before I didn’t think, because it wasn’t a big deal with what was actually said. But, anytime you give information away to another team, especially when you’re playing in the next few weeks, I don’t know if it’s the best look. But, from what it actually was, it wasn’t a very big deal.”

Even last week, Haskins admitted that the situation was much ado about nothing.

“I just hit him up asking how they play defensively,” Haskins said. “He just gave me some tips for going into this week.”

So, what happens next week, when the two top-rated teams in the Big Ten prepare to face one another? Will Patterson and Haskins speak and talk about The Game?

Not so likely, Patterson says. Their conversations can wait until Nov. 24, when Michigan goes to Columbus to take on the No. 10 Buckeyes.

“I’ll see him on the field,” Patterson said.

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