*Michigan State’s last-play hero Jalen Watts-Jackson underwent surgery Sunday at
University Hospital in Ann Arbor to repair his fractured hip. The procedure took over
three hours. Watts-Jackson won’t need a cast but must keep weight off his left side
for three months before starting rehab.
*A Michigan State spokesman originally told ESPN.com that the injury occurred as
Watts-Jackson’s teammates piled onto him, but coach Mark Dantonio said Watts-Jackson
told him it happened when he landed hard in the end zone while being tackled by
Michigan’s Jake Butt.
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*Meanwhile Michigan athletic director Jim Hackett has appealed to fans to lay off punter
Blake O’Neill, though he doesn’t actually mention O’Neill by name. Hackett’s open
letter expresses concern that O’Neill has been and will be excoriated on social media.
*Hackett even suggests that at Michigan it’s all about “the team, the team, the team,”
evoking legendary coach Bo Schembechler’s phrase from yesteryear. Hackett played for Schembechler in the 1970s but clearly believes his coach’s words are timeless.