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Former Michigan RB Mike Hart: Little Brother Gets Put in Place

Oct 9, 2010 – 2:18 PM
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Brett McMurphy

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Every single Michigan player and coach who walked inside the Wolverines' football offices Friday couldn't miss it.

There it was, written on a greaseboard and set up in the middle of a hallway on the way to UM's locker room. There was a note that said here is a message from former Michigan and current Indianapolis Colts running back Mike Hart:

"Nothing needs to be said to get you guys fired up -- after what you guys have dealt with the last two years and the disrespect throughout the country. You get four chances in your life to play this team. What does each and every player want their legacy to be because it starts tomorrow -- tomorrow we put little brother in his place."

Of course, it was Hart who uttered the "little brother" comment on Nov. 3, 2007 after Michigan's 28-24 victory. Or as Michigan State fans like to refer to the date -- 1,070 days ago -- marking Michigan's last victory over Michigan State.

Spartans coach Make Dantonio fired back to Hart's 2007 comment. "If they want to mock us, I'm telling them, it's not over," Dantonio said in 2007. "It will never be over here. It's just starting."

This afternoon, the No. 17 Spartans (5-0) go for their third consecutive victory against No. 18 Michigan (5-0). If the Spartans win, it would be their first three-game winning streak over Michigan since 1965-67.

Brett McMurphy is a national college football writer for FanHouse. Contact him at or please follow at
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