ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh took to Twitter Monday to respond to Mark Dantonio's comments during the bowl selection process.
When the Outback Bowl reportedly passed on Michigan State to select Michigan, despite the Spartans having a better record and winning the head-to-head matchup, Dantonio said, "I'll just continue to concentrate on beating Michigan; let things sort of sort out."
Harbaugh, who was quiet on social media throughout Michigan's regular season, didn't let the comments pass unanswered.
"Saw Coach D comments on continuing to 'focus' on how 'he' can beat Michigan," Harbaugh said. "Congrats on turning around a 3-9 team plagued with off-field issues. Good for (the Big Ten) to have him back."
Saw Coach D comments on continuing to "focus" on how "he" can beat Michigan. Congrats on turning around a 3-9 team, plagued with off field issues. Good for BIG to have him back.— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) December 4, 2017
Harbaugh's comments clearly take a shot at Michigan State's 2016 season, when the Spartans followed up a College Football Playoff appearance with just three wins and dealt with sexual assault allegations involving several players.
Since Harbaugh arrived in Ann Arbor before the 2015 season, Michigan is 1-2 against Michigan State, with two four-point losses at home in 2015 and 2017 sandwiched around a nine-point win in East Lansing in 2016.
Michigan will play South Carolina in the Outback Bowl while Michigan State will play Washington State in the Holiday Bowl. Though the Outback Bowl is considered to be a better bowl, the Holiday Bowl features two ranked teams this year.
Mark Dantonio replied around 5 p.m., saying, "For all Spartans, 'It's not over. It'll never be over. It's just getting started.'"