The annual Big Ten Football Media Days will be held Monday and Tuesday (July 24-25) at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago.
Big Ten Media Days kicks off Monday in Chicago, and Michigan State is one of the seven teams appearing on the first day of two-day meeting. Along with Spartans coach Mark Dantonio, the program will be represented by offensive lineman Brian Allen, linebacker Chris Frey and running back Gerald Holmes. Dantonio may just be the most interesting man in Chicago, with plenty of questions to answer about his team and whether he feels any pressure about his job status, as some have implied he should, after going 3-9 last season.
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There’s no statue of Alabama coach Nick Saban in East Lansing, Mich., nor will there ever be. No streets are named in his honor, although Michigan State doesn’t do that kind of thing, and no championship trophies are on display from his time there. But Saban’s influence, impact and legacy can be seen and felt almost 20 years since he last wore green and white on the Spartan Stadium sideline. He spent 10 years in East Lansing, five as an assistant coach in 1983-87 and five as the head coach 1995-99.
When I hung up the phone on July 24, 2016 after being told that I would never talk to Mike again, my very first thought was to go back and read through our last exchange of texts. It was less than two weeks prior that he was asking me how training camp was going in Cincinnati, about life in general. He told me he had spoken with my mom about law school and was excited to head out west in the fall. He was hoping I could one day take over his radio show. At the time, I never thought it would be my last conversation with him.
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Michigan State baseball was recognized with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with the award, which recognizes teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year. In total, 221 programs were recognized with the 2016-17 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, including 70 high school programs and 60 teams from NCAA Division III.
Matt McQuaid dribbled to the wing where he was faced up against Michigan State teammate Kenny Goins, who stood a few feet off of him. Typically, McQuaid might have hoisted the 3-pointer. But in the Moneyball Pro-Am game Thursday at Aim High Sports, his jumper had been struggling. So instead, he crossed over to his right and drove to the basket for a nifty up-and-under layup.
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Macgarrett Kings Jr. wants a shot at the NFL and is taking an unusual approach toward accomplishing his goal. The former Michigan State wide receiver posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday of him apparently standing outside the Miami Dolphins training facility holding a cardboard sign reading “READY TO WORK. WILL WORK FOR FREE!!!!” In the post, he wrote about how he was “reincarnated” by his faith in God.
A lot of nights I stared at my ceiling asking God: why me? Is it my talent? Do I have the right connections? What is it Lord? When all along he just wanted me to come back to the root of it all – which is HIM! We tend to lose sight of GOD when we are at a high point in life & forget to glorify HIS name and thank HIM for all the blessings HE has already blessed us with on our journey of obtaining success. For a full year the Lord took the game that I have loved since the age of 3, to remind me that without HIM I wouldn't even be the gifted player that I am today! While I was off the map HE took away my pride, HE humbled me, & made me a light for others! Now that I am back and reincarnated, IM READY FOR WHATEVER! My faith in GOD is at a FOREVER all time high! I'll do whatever it takes to live out my lifelong dream of being an NFL player. If I have to come in front of this facility everyday I WILL! I'll compete against WHOEVER, WHEREVER, & WHENEVER cuz I know I got GOD got my back! I'll compete against ya grandma if she get out there and line it up! I'M BACK AND READY TO WALK INTO WHATEVER GOD HAS FOR ME! #TagRepost #Hungry #Humble #GodsChild #NotAStunt #ThisIsRealLife #ForTheLoveOfTheGame #MKJ #ReturnOfTheKing #Forces
Now a simple eye test will tell you that MSU’s offense last year really struggled. Anyone who watched the games could see that the drop-off from the previous few years was pretty substantial. We will start with an overview of the general numbers and go from there.
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The transition from high school to college can be difficult. For Cody White, at least there’s a familiar face to greet him every morning. His father, Sheldon. “Yeah, it’s been cool just having him around, being able to talk to him about stuff,” the younger White said during Michigan State’s minicamp in June.
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Michigan State just added a West Coast commitment to its 2018 class. Parks Gissinger, a 2018 defensive end from Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, Calif., committed to Michigan State on Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound prospect isn’t listed in 247Sports Composite rankings but is a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Founders Brewing Company is following a Colorado brewery’s lead in honoring former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler. Sadler, a Grand Rapids native, died in a car accident last July. Jagged Mountain Brewery in Denver released a wheat ale called “Hey Diddle Diddle,” in May. The Founders brew titled “Sadler’s Run Apricot Wheat” is available in the Grand Rapids taproom only. It was tapped on July 20.
Running back LJ Scott has been named to the 2017 Doak Walker Award Watch List, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday. The Doak Walker Award, which will name its 28th recipient in 2017, is named for SMUs three-time All-America running back Doak Walker.
According to Zach Lowe, a senior writer at ESPN, former Michigan State basketball favorite, Matt Costello, has earned himself a contract with a top-tier NBA team — the San Antonio Spurs. Costello will sign a two-way deal with the organization. This is a new collective bargaining agreement. Each NBA team is allowed two additional short-term roster spots this season. Costello can spend up to 45 days on the NBA roster, but will spend the majority of his season in the NBA G-League.
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Before Chardon (Ohio) linebacker Chase Kline had even started being recruited by major schools, his head coach Mitch Hewitt looked at the way he played and said to himself, that is a Michigan State-type kid. Hewitt was a four-year starter at linebacker at Bowling Green, so he knows the position well. His early assessment of Kline may turn out to be prophetic as several years later, Michigan State has offered Kline a scholarship and are heavily in contention for him after a recent visit.
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Saline 2018 offensive tackle Dimitri Douglas was on Michigan State’s radar since the beginning of his junior year. The interest was always there, but Douglas needed to prove he could compete with other top talent in the country to receive a scholarship offer. He did that this summer, standing out in both MSU camps he attended to garner the offer. He didn’t hesitate in accepting it on June 19.
The slate gets wiped clean when a freshman arrives in college, but their pedigree follows them. Connor Heyward – the son of a former NFL player and brother of a current one – understands that any playing time he gets at Michigan State as a rookie will be up to his own abilities and no one else’s. “I think every freshman came in with the mindset that we all want to play,” Heyward said during last month’s minicamp. “But if we can’t, we have to embrace the role of what they think is best for us. You just have to work each and every day if you want to play. It’s not given to you.”
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The Detroit Red Wings annual development camp is meant to teach players what it takes to be a pro hockey player, not to evaluate them in July when many haven’t been on the ice in weeks or months. But you can bet the players want to make the strongest possible impression even if they aren’t being judged. Doing anything else would be squandering a great opportunity. Michigan State defenseman Mitch Eliot went to the development camp with that in mind.
On Wednesday, CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander published his list of ‘The top 25 college basketball players with something to prove this season,’ with an emphasis on under-the-radar players who will have breakout seasons. On the list: Winston.
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Michigan State men’s golf was recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) with All-Academic Team honors for achieving a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 academic year. This was the fifth-straight season that the Spartans were honored as a GCAA All-Academic Team.
You can almost hear it in his voice, and more importantly, you can see it on the court. Joshua Langford is a different player than he was a year ago. The former McDonald’s All-American is preparing for his sophomore season at Michigan State by torching the competition at the Moneyball Pro-Am, far from a true indicator of what will come this season for the Spartans but certainly an indication of one thing — a healthy Langford is a much more confident Langford. “I’m pretty excited,” Langford said last week before going for 37 points in one of his many shooting displays this summer. “It’s better to play uninjured than injured, so I’m excited.
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