Originally posted on The B1g Time  |  Last updated 9/26/12
Coaches never win when they take on their fanbases and unfortunately that's exactly what happened with Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio. Fans booed their team off the field at halftime against Eastern Michigan, whom they were losing to 7-3 at that point, before coming back to win the game 23-7. Dantonio wasn't exactly in a sparkling mood following the 23-7 win on Saturday and ended the post game press conference after a whole three minutes. On Tuesday he wasn't exactly over the booing apparently. "I know there's frustration out there, but we've won 16 out of 17 games in this stadium," Dantonio said at his Tuesday press conference. "We're certainly working at it. It's frustrating for all of us, as indicated by my press conference Saturday evening. Hope I still have a good relationship with the media. Anyway, I think it will be a great football game." To be fair, I'm not one to subscribe to the booing the team off the field to show your displeasure crowd. Never have been, it doesn't do anyone any good in my book. However, I won't begrudge anyone that's paid money to go to the game their own way of voicing their pleasure or displeasure - within reason of course. Passion and pageantry is what college sports and especially college football is all about to fans and players. It's what separates the game from the professional version. Outside of Green Bay and maybe a select few other teams in the NFL there just isn't the same level of passion that you get with college football. Telling those passionate fans, the ones that show up every Saturday through all sorts of weather, that they can or can't do something is a terrible look for a head coach. Seriously, what is to be gained by chastising your fan bases? After doing so on following the game on Saturday, he again did it on Tuesday. "I think the crowd's got to remain positive obviously through thick and thin especially during the thin times," he said. "I think that's just the way you got to go sometimes. If you're a Spartan, that's what you do." The other problem with all of this? It's Dantonio's idiotic belief that fans booing the team means they are giving up on them.  Quite the contrary, they are booing because you are a freaking Big Ten team getting nearly shut out and playing like crap against a terrible Eastern Michigan team - one that came in 0-3 and lost to FCS opponent Illinois State as well as took a 54-16 beating from Purdue the week before. They see a talented football team not living up to it's potential. They should be ticked off, just the same as I'm sure you were heading into the locker room.  The only difference is what? You not being able to control how the crowd reacts to your teams poor first half performance? Well, boo hoo - your a grown adult, get over it. Dantonio doubled down on his feelings that the fans booing hurts the team in that same press conference on Tuesday. "Can't allow the crowd to take us out of who we are," said Dantonio. "Can't allow the crowd to affect you one way or the other, whether you're playing in an away stadium or in a stadium and you get a couple boos out there. That's going to happen in college football. That's all over America. But we cannot let that bother us. We have to be able to play through that and continue to remain confident. We have to do what we do and do our job. That's the main focus I think on our football team." I understand that Michigan State is a younger team than a year ago and a head coach may want to protect those players, but acting like a protective parent with a young child does no one any good. These are all adults on the field, every single one of them is at least 18 years old. You aren't doing them any good by codling them.  Guess what coach Dantonio? Life sucks sometimes, life is hard sometimes, and life is unfair at some times. That's a fact most of us have learned to one degree or another and speaking from experience, you're better off learning those lessons sooner than later.  Why? Because you learn how to react to it and move on in a better manner quicker and life gets easier when you learn how to deal with the bad things that happen or that you do. At least he acknowledged that fact a bit on Tuesday, stating, "I can handle it. Our players wil have to handle it. That's part of growing up. That's part of the growth, being mature and confident." Problem is, you as a leader didn't handle it, instead you handled the situation about as immaturely as one could on Saturday. If you want to make them more mature you do it by showing them the mature way of handling the situation and that means not calling out the fans. Instead you called them out on Saturday and continued to do so on Tuesday. Now to be fair to Dantonio a bit, he did also realize that the reaction to the game on Saturday wasn't exactly stellar either, even if it was in a backhanded way. "I'm more upset in terms of the way we carried ourselves," he said. "I can't control that aspect of what's going on sometimes. That happens everywhere. I was at Ohio State last year playing and they were booing their team. I think it happens. It just happens. It's the society we live in right now." To be sure, Dantonio isn't the first coach to be pissed at a fan base for booing their team off the field and he probably won't be the last, but I'm reminded of a simple quote: "Those that can not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." How many coaches have tried to call out their fans for booing and how many of them have come out ahead in that battle? Last time I checked the next time it happens will be the first time.  Coach Dantonio accomplished neither jolting the fan base to his side or helping his players mature with his reaction.  Instead may I suggest a little bit of the playbook from Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema who's team was also booed off the field, only a week before and down 14-3 to Utah State. Here's how he handled the question about booing: "I heard it at halftime when I took the headset off. They love to win games, too. I heard them cheering at the end, which is all good." That approach works 100% of the time, all the time and should be a lesson all coaches learn in how to handle these situations. Calling out fans never works for coaches and never will, especially since those fans are the ones paying your lofty salary on an annual basis. The sooner coaches realize it the better off we'll all be.
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