Friendly rivalry gone too far? - WNEM TV 5

Friendly rivalry gone too far?

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It’s an old rivalry, but now some are wondering if that friendly competition has gone too far.

It’s Axe Bowl week between Saginaw State Valley University and Northwood’s football teams.

Now it appears someone with ties to SVSU has vandalized Northwood’s “Go Mad” sign that is in honor of late head coach Pat Riepma.

The sign, on Northwood’s campus next to the stadium, was spray painted and had a Cardinals flag tacked to it.

The vandals also scrawled “paint it red” on one of the posts.

Riepma was Northwood’s football coach and athletic director for two decades.

He passed away from cancer in 2015.

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