March 30th, 2017

Ryan talks to Coach Dane Fife about the season that was and how next years roster is shaping up for Michigan State. Also Ryan asks about how the Fife family felt after watching the Patriarch of the family win his first state title at Clarkston.

Listen to “Assistant Head Coach for Michigan State, Dane Fife” on Spreaker.

March 30th, 2017

Brian Lewerke will be Michigan State’s starting quarterback to begin the 2017 season. At this point, only an injury or some other unforeseen circumstance could change that. In hindsight, many Michigan State fans wish Lewerke would have been the Spartans’ QB to start last season. As it was, he made his first appearance as a redshirt freshmen in the third game of the season during the second half of a blowout loss to Wisconsin on Sept. 24. By Oct. 15, Lewerke was inserted as the starting quarterback against Northwestern and started again the next week against Maryland.

Source: Spartan Tailgate

March 30th, 2017

Mark Smith, a four-star point guard from Edwardsville (Ill.), had an in-home visit with Tom Izzo, Dane Fife, and Dwayne Stephens on Tuesday night and received a scholarship offer from the MSU head coach during the visit.”It’s a crazy feeling to me,” Smith said. “I grew up watching a lot of Michigan State and Tom Izzo coached basketball. My visit with the Michigan State coaches went really good.”

Source: Spartan Tailgate

March 30th, 2017

In the market for another guard/wing type of player, Michigan State recruiting has been in contact with four-star point guard Blake Harris. The electrifying athlete from Chapel Hill, N.C., narrowed his list of potential suitors down to four, but will be taking officials in the coming weeks.

Source: Spartan Avenue

March 30th, 2017

Michigan State defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett had never heard of Chris Jackson when he visited Lassiter High School in Marietta, Ga., a year ago. Jackson had finished his sophomore year of football, which also happened to be his first year of football. Playing behind standout cornerbacks Tyriq Hardimon (Wake Forest signee) and Derrik Allen (Notre Dame commit), Jackson had only played about three series a game as Lassiter defensive backs coach Cedric Dickerson eased him into the action.

Source: Land of 10

March 30th, 2017

Their team won and they had some highlights.It was a mixed bag, otherwise, for Michigan State basketball signee Jaren Jackson Jr. and recruiting targets Brian Bowen and Brandon McCoy during Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center in Chicago.

Source: Detroit Free Press

March 30th, 2017

Danton Cole has enjoyed tremendous success with the US National Development program since taking over in 2013. Cole is an MSU alum and enjoyed a more or less successful career in the NHL. Most of Cole’s allure comes from the players he has coached in the program that are playing at the next level. A lot of Cole’s success is evident in the success of his players as they graduate and move on from the development program.

Source: The Only Colors

March 30th, 2017

Quade Green (Kentucky commit) and Gary Trent Jr. (former Michigan State target and Duke commit) discuss where Bowen will end up. Trent Jr. seemed very confident in one school’s chances.

Source: Spartan Avenue

March 30th, 2017

Saturday will be one of the most important recruiting days of the year for Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and his staff. The Spartans will have multiple 2018 recruits visiting campus.Here are the headliners (all hold a scholarship offer from MSU)

Source: Detroit Free Press

March 30th, 2017

A piece of Michigan State basketball history, once cut up, separated and shipped pieces over the U.S., is back in Michigan.Shortly after the Michigan State University’s basketball team’s won the 1979 NCAA championship in Salt Lake City, members of the team signed the court, and were told it would eventually be sold as memorabilia.

Source: WWMT

March 30th, 2017

The Big Ten Conference announced the Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2017 winter sports season and in total, 36 student-athletes from the men’s and women’s swimming & diving team were recognized.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

March 30th, 2017

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that Gene Orlando of Lansing, Mich. — head coach of the Michigan State University (MSU) men’s tennis team — has been presented the Brad Parks Award for his outstanding contribution in helping grow wheelchair tennis at the local level. Orlando was recognized during an awards banquet at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, March 24-27, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

March 30th, 2017

Michigan State gymnastics has four individuals travelling to compete in the NCAA Regional in Champaign, Ill., this weekend. The meet will take place on the campus of the University of Illinois in the State Farm Center on Saturday, April 1 and is set to begin at 5 p.m. ET. Nicola Deans will compete in the all-around competition, Elena Lagoski and Kira Frederick will represent the Spartans on the floor, while Hailee Westney will compete on the uneven bars.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

March 30th, 2017

The Michigan State field hockey program held its annual end-of-the-year banquet on Sunday, March 26 at Spartan Stadium to celebrate the 2016 season. Members of the team were recognized for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom.

Source: Michigan State Official Athletic Site

March 30th, 2017

Rod and Sam are back with a bonus episode to get caught up on all the goings on in recruiting and some other news items. Topics:

  • Miles–probably still not coming back, but we move off of our 0% chance of it happening calls.
  • 2017 SG Greg Elliott takes an OV to East Lansing
  • MSU offers 2017 combo guard and Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith, and will get an OV
  • MSU coaches visit 2017 top 100 PG/SG Blake Harris
  • As the Tugs Turns
  • Brandon McCoy update, and why he’s a pure luxury at this point
  • Rod gives scouting reports on players he saw in the MHSAA playoffs, including Foster Loyer, Xavier Tillman, Romeo Weems, Carlos Johnson, and others
  • Our thoughts on the two new coaches at IU and Illinois


Source: The Final Four Is Not On The Schedule

March 30th, 2017

Through all the testing, measurements and interviews R.J. Shelton will endure in his bid to make the NFL, he quickly stripped down the challenge he faces. “You can be the fastest, the shortest, the highest jumper,” the former Michigan State receiver said after pro day in East Lansing last week, “but at the end of the day, you got to go mano a mano with that guy and beat him every play.”

Source: MLive.com

March 30th, 2017

R.J. Shelton arrived at Michigan State as a running back. His transition to receiver was swift. And he’s hoping his versatility will land him an NFL job someday soon. “Anything that you can do to be that utility guy,” Shelton said last week. “You gotta line up in the backfield, play slot, play outside, it just gives you more – I wouldn’t say a chance, but just an opportunity to help a team, to better a team and be dynamic and explosive and give defenses problems with matchups.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

March 30th, 2017

There may not be a game to discuss, but Michigan State basketball is still in the midst of a newsworthy offseason. Hear Ryan Cole and Davey Segal discuss the recent news and notes for the Spartans, including Dane Fife and the coaching carousel, recruiting and the McDonald’s All American Game. Then, they break down just how special this year’s freshmen were for Tom Izzo’s squad.

Source: Impact Sports

March 30th, 2017

Everyone played it cool Wednesday night. The ESPN cameras? Taking the floor in an NBA arena in front of 10,000 people or so? Playing the most prestigious prep all-star game out there? No big deal. At the McDonald’s All-American Game, it’s pretty lame to go all-out. It’s a show. The kids on the court oblige. You play, but you don’t play.

Source: MLive.com

March 30th, 2017

Coming off a 3-2 loss to Western Michigan on Tuesday, the MSU baseball team currently sits at 15-6 on the season. Junior outfielder Brandon Hughes, who hit four home runs in the Spartans’ three-game series sweep of Illinois last weekend, including three in the third game of the series, was named one of Collegiate Baseball’s National Players of the Week and also a USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Gold Standard Performance of the Week as a result of his dominant performance.The junior from Sterling Heights, Mich.

Source: The State News

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