Big Ten conference call: Spartan tweets have short shelf life

2012-11-06T17:10:00Z 2015-04-03T21:17:26Z Big Ten conference call: Spartan tweets have short shelf lifeBy TOMMY DAHLK / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com
November 06, 2012 5:10 pm  • 

After a heartbreaking 28-24 home loss to Nebraska on Saturday, numerous Michigan State players vented their frustrations about the officiating via Twitter.

The social media posts were later removed, but Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio said he had nothing to do with the removal.

“No, I haven’t commented on their twitters at all,” Dantonio said during Tuesday's Big Ten teleconference. “I’m not sure if I ever saw them. I wasn’t looking for them. I know there was a lot of frustration, and I guess in this day of age a lot of people use Twitter to get their frustrations out.”

The Spartans were flagged on a couple of pass interferences calls and some personal fouls. Dantonio said he is stressing that his team doesn’t get caught up in blaming officials.

“From my perspective, I can only control what we can control,” Dantonio said. “The football game on Saturday, we had an opportunity to win that game.”

Compton's career

Against Michigan State, Nebraska senior linebacker Will Compton made 11 tackles and became just the 32nd player in Nebraska history to surpass the 200-tackle milestone.

Coach Bo Pelini said he is pleased with Compton’s leadership and progress this year, but still thinks Compton can get even better as the season progresses.

“I think Will’s gotten better,” Pelini said. “He’s doing some good things. I still think there’s a lot out there for him. For all the good things he did the other day, I know there were some plays in particular he’d want back."

Losing Hope?

Rumors have circulated that Purdue head coach Danny Hope might be on the hot seat and could be on his way out of West Lafayette, Ind.

When asked Tuesday, Hope said he hasn’t heard anything concerning the rumors and overall thinks the Boilermakers are on the right track.

“That’s news to me,” Hope said. “Anytime the team isn’t winning, there’s some speculation. I haven’t seen or heard anything. … I am disappointed in the performance of our football team, but I’m not disappointed in the development of our program. We’ve come about a million miles in every phase of our program."

Amazing Allen

In New England, Penn State coach Bill O’Brien coached future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss and perennial Pro Bowl pass catcher Wes Welker.

However, when asked to compare Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson, who leads the Big Ten in receptions per game, with any players he’s coached, O’Brien said he hasn’t really seen a receiver like him.

“Allen is a tall guy,” O’Brien said. “He runs well. He can jump. He’s got really good hands and he’s very smart. He can do a lot of different things on the route tree. He’s not just a vertical threat. He can run underneath things. He can catch screens. He’s got a very unique skill set that I haven’t been around in my career.”

Road warriors

Against Nebraska on Saturday, Penn State will be going for a perfect Big Ten road record in O’Brien’s first season.

With a win over Nebraska, Penn State would finish 4-0 in games away from Happy Valley, but O’Brien said he isn’t stressing that feat too much this week. He also said the record is a testament to his strong senior class.

“I believe we have a really good senior class that comes to practice every day and leads by example,” O’Brien said. “Hopefully our guys will go down there and embrace the environment and understand that it is a big challenge, but stay focused at the task at hand."

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