Dantonio overjoyed by Wisconsin win, dances in team celebration
Between the third and fourth quarters of MSU’s emotional 16-13 overtime victory over Wisconsin, Badger fans began their usual Jump Around mayhem, bouncing up and down to the House of Pain jam blaring over the loudspeakers.
The press box shook, the crowd was electric, and down on the field, the MSU football team joined in, showing they weren’t ready to give up despite trailing 7-3.
“I said last week we had to go up there and jump around, and I guess they took me for my word,” Dantonio said of the impromptu dancing. We were down 7-3, but we were having fun.”
And the dancing didn’t stop at the end of the third quarter. After the Spartans completed the comeback to finish off the Badgers, Dantonio joined his team in the locker room for a little post-game celebration.
“I think that’s what football should be about,” the sixth year head coach said. “We have a good time with it. I may be an ultra serious person on the sidelines, who knows, may be depicted as that. That was a great feeling after that football game. Everybody was just doing their deal. Can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”
Dantonio said it was the first time he’d done the dance with his players and couldn’t really term it aside from calling it “an up and down deal.”
Junior quarterback Andrew Maxwell said maybe the team should put it on their agenda to find a name for the Dantonio ditty sometime this week.
“When you have a great win like that, he’s truly overjoyed and truly happy for our football team,” Maxwell said of his coach’s exuberance. “One person starts dancing, it goes for the whole team. He’s in the middle. He said, Why not, I’ll jump in. That was a neat moment to experience.”
Junior running back Le’Veon Bell, couldn’t quite define the move himself, but said watching his normally stone-faced head coach cut loose was something that helped he and his teammates keep a high level of energy.
“He was just jumping around and getting hype,” he said. “I don’t know what you’d really call it but Coach D was excited and we feed off of him. So when he gets excited he gets it going, that’s when we get excited, we get it going.”
Senior linebacker Chris Norman added he’d never seen Dantonio dance like that before, but enjoyed the moment.
“That was good to see,” he began. “And it was really funny at the same time,” he laughed.