Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio took breaking up the monotony of training camp to a new level, according to Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press. Per Rexrode, Dantonio went the extra mile and actually hired a hypnotist to entertain the players.
And, of course, hypnotize some of them.
Offensive lineman Brian Allen offered a fun account of the experience to Rexrode.
“He’s like ‘Pretend you’re racing a horse. This is your ticket, the louder you cheer, the better your horse is,'” Brian Allen said. “And they’re like half awake, half sleeping and they’re just going nuts. He had them petting a bird, stuff like that … it was weird.”
“The guy is like, ‘You guys can go back to your seats now, but any time I say Western Michigan, I want you to tell me that I’m a liar and this whole thing is fake,'” Brian Allen recalled. “So he says, ‘Thanks for coming to the show and good luck against Western Michigan.’ And all the kids who did it, like Trevon Pendleton is like, ‘Hey!’ Malik McDowell is like, ‘Shut up! Get out of here, you’re a liar!’ And they weren’t messing around. And you knew they weren’t faking because it was like the most innocent kids on the team who were up there. Who don’t normally talk. And they were in the back row screaming.”
Spartans lineback Chris Frey also posted a short video of the experience on Twitter, and it’s fantastic.
— Chris Frey Jr (@cfrey_23) August 20, 2015
Being hypnotized is definitely an odd experience, for both the participant and the spectator, but it’s obvious that the players enjoyed it immensely and used it to bond together, highly important with the start of the season on the horizon.
If the Spartans players can maintain this kind of chemistry over the course of the season, then perhaps they can push the team into the College Football Playoff conversation.
Michigan State opens the season on the road against Western Michigan on September 4.
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