Michigan State's Mark Hollis wants to achieve rivalry with Michigan based on mutual respect
Hollis also wants to see the rivalry mature to the point where the competitors involved at both schools have respect for each other much like he has heard outgoing Nebraska athletic director and former football coach Tom Osborne describe the Cornhuskers’ rivalry with Oklahoma.
"You want to beat the other team with every ounce of energy that you possibly have, but if we can create a rivalry between Michigan and Michigan State -- you’ve already seen it, I think, and (Michigan athletic director) Dave (Brandon) and I are very good friends -- where you go in, you battle, and at the end of the day it’s kind of like you’re good friends at the end," Hollis told the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber.
"And with respect at every level, that’s really when you really have a true rivalry. It’s not just archrival against archrival. It’s the value that you have in each other’s institution, whether it be basketball , hockey, football. That’s the goal that I’d like to see happen."