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October 18, 2011

Dantonio presser/Hollis statement

First things first: Mark Dantonio will not comment on Will Gholston until the investigation into the incident is complete, but Mark Hollis will have a statement as soon as this presser is done. Gholston does appear on the depth chart for the Wisconsin game.

    The first question was about how it feels to be called a dirty football team. Dantonio said people should look at MSU's body of work in his tenure.

    "We're just playing the game as hard as we can play it," Dantonio said. "This is a physical game, this is a game of reaction."

    He also said: "The lack of composure is frustrating, obviously, but we don't coach that."

    Also: MSU has to play with emotion. "You can't go out there like it's practice because it's not practice."

    Whole Hollis statement:

    "The Big Ten has notified Michigan State of a possible sportslike conduct violation. We are in the process of completing our internal review of the matter. We are thoroughly reviewing the entire game and utilizing all of the available resources: coaches' video from midfield and end zone cameras, TV copy as well as still photographs. Once the internal review is completed, we will forward a written report on to the Big Ten. The conference office won't discuss a timeline for this process and neither will we.

    "We will follow the proper protocol for filing our complete report and not do it in a piecemeal manner through the media.

    "As an institution, we work hard at promoting good sportsmanship and I'm sure many of you are familiar with our 'Raise Your Shield' campaign, encouraging our fans to honor and respect our opponents. I also know that Coach Dantonio and his staff work hard at promoting good sportsmanship. This is an isolated incident and Coach D and his staff will continue to emphasize the importance of maintaining one's composure during the heat of the moment.

    "As an AD, I take sportsmanship seriously, but it's equally important for me to evaluate this game and the particular play in its totality."

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