Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio gave a "state of the Spartans" address of sorts on Friday, hitting the reset button on his evaluation of the team heading into its seventh practice on Friday and upcoming Saturday scrimmage. "We're right where we need to be right now, we just need to stay healthy and not get ahead of ourselves,'' Dantonio said. "Really, as I told our young players, this week — although it will feel like a year — really this week will define whether you play or not.''
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Football mlive.com —  This much is in agreement: Jack Allen and Brian Allen, the Michigan State offensive linemen brothers who both won Illinois high school wrestling titles, faced off in a wrestling match this summer following a weightlifting session. After that, though, the stories diverge.
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Football spreaker.com —  Jack and Rico Beard talk with standout linebacker from Detroit King High and MSU's 13th verbal commitment for 2015, Tyriq Thompson.


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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  The team learned this week that forward Kenny Kaminski had been dismissed from the team -- meaning the Spartans may be reaching deeper down their depth chart this winter than previously anticipated. So Trice turned to freshmen Marvin Clark and Javon Bess with a message. I said ‘Guys, this is an opportunity for you guys. You guys have got to play,’” Trice said after a Moneyball Pro-Am game Wednesday night. “Take a hold of your opportunity, make the most of it.’”
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Football freep.com —  On Wednesday, Josh King of Hinsdale South High School in Illinois visited Michigan State. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound defensive end is one of the top prospects in the nation for the class of 2016.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Detroit King linebacker Tyriq Thompson visited many of the schools who offered him through the recruiting process, including a late visit to Michigan, where his father Clarence was an All-Big Ten performer. Yet, throughout the later part of his recruitment, it appeared Michigan State was well ahead of other programs, and Thompson confirmed that when he committed to the Spartans on a Wednesday visit to campus.
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Football db.lsj.com —  Other than a win to clinch the share of the Big Ten title in 2010, MSU has had miserable experiences in Happy Valley. The Spartans are 1-8 there since Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1993, with losses by 28, 23, 54, 24 and 31 points among the defeats — though this is a different era for both the Spartans and Nittany Lions.
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Football highschoolsports.mlive.com —  In some respects, Tyson Smith has the qualities you would not expect to find in a Division I prospect. Quiet, reserved, keeps to himself, a homebody. But those are not the qualities that drew interest from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. His speed, size and dedication to improving his craft is what had the green and white calling early December.
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Football detroitnews.com —  The defense has been ranked in the top 10 in the nation each of the past three seasons. Last year, they finished No. 2 overall. But now, as Michigan State sets to prove it has reached elite status in college football, the biggest questions are surrounding the defense.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  “Despite multiple opportunities, Kenny Kaminski could not live up to the obligations necessary to be a part of our program,” Izzo said. "Being a Spartan is a special opportunity, and at Michigan State we do everything we can to provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes. With that privilege also comes a responsibility to conduct oneself in a certain manner. After he repeatedly failed to meet the necessary obligations, it became apparent that it was time to dismiss Kenny from the program."
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State held its annual media day Monday afternoon in the Huntington Club at Spartan Stadium.Some quotes from the offensive players that spoke at media day.
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Football freep.com —  No one knows what the next few months will bring for the 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. They’ll likely sacrifice sleep to devour film and analyze statistics. They’ll talk to coaches and administrators around the game to expose themselves to a variety of opinions. Then, they’ll sit down to make what might be the most difficult decision in sports: Choosing the four teams that will participate in the Playoff.
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Football statenews.com —  To give the rapidly-improving offense an identity, MSU Wide Receivers Coach Terrence Samuel christened the wide receiver corps the "Frequent Flyer Zone" last week at the Big Ten Media Days banquet. Though he put the nickname out there as a joke, it appears it could have staying power. "They need something to latch onto to feel good, and I keep saying it as a joke," Samuel said. "If it catches on it catches on, if it don't, I'm OK at being the butt of the joke."
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