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A Joint Letter from Mark Hollis and Warde Manuel

Oct. 5, 2017

To the fans, families, and friends of our two great universities in our great state,

On Saturday, October 7, our two programs will meet for the 110th time in our storied rivalry, and for the first time the game will kick off at night.

While both Michigan and Michigan State hope to come away with a win, the best aspect of this series is how it brings the entire state together. Families, classrooms, and offices throughout the state of Michigan will be "divided," hoping for their schools to bring home the Paul Bunyan Trophy and yes, bragging rights for the next year.

With the kick-off in primetime, both schools will share the national spotlight. After the game, each facet will be dissected and analyzed by many. Let's make sure the analysis is all about the game.

Our two universities can show that civility and respect can be a hallmark of not only college sports but what we need to strive for in our society.

Our institutions have high expectations of student-athletes, coaches and staff and how they serve our communities. We share a steadfast commitment to represent our schools with class and dignity as participants, students and members of our respective communities.

This weekend will be a time of togetherness, celebration, and competition.

On behalf of both institutions, we invite you all to represent yourself and your favorite side in a manner befitting our proud communities.

Sincerely,

Mark Hollis and Warde Manuel

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