Football freep.com —  Oops, football season is less than three weeks away — the start of football season coverage, that is, with the Big Ten media days in Chicago — and we haven’t ranked nearly enough things this summer. The only things that haven’t been ranked so far are charcoal briquette brands, Spinal Tap drummers and Mark Dantonio’s tenure at Michigan State. So let’s go with the last one.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Michigan State junior quarterback Connor Cook and fifth-year senior running back Jeremy Langford have been named to the 2014 Maxwell Award Watch List, according to an announcement made Monday, July 7 by the Maxwell Football Club. The Maxwell Award has been presented to college football's player of the year since 1937.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  Smith had Kevin McHale’s shoulders, Magic’s height and Scott Skiles’ shot. And he brought MSU back to the top of the Big Ten in 1990 after a title-less 1980s. Smith left as the Spartans’ leading scorer, and has been eclipsed only by Shawn Respert since.
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Football mlive.com —  Lewerke, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound, three-star quarterback who committed to Michigan State in April, was one of 19 high school quarterbacks at the camp. Cook was one of six college quarterbacks serving as counselors.
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Men's Basketball isportsweb.com —  Point guard Lourawls “Tum-Tum” Nairn is the headliner of Tom Izzo’s second consecutive recruiting class that saw him whiff on several big name recruits. Although Nairn doesn’t have the same number of recruiting stars as Tyus Jones or Tyler Ulis (both class of 2014 point guards who spurned MSU) he does have some valuable intangibles.
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Football isportsweb.com —  The term must-win game is often overused in the world of sports, but in college football there are certain games that qualify as such. For Michigan State, the 2014 season will arrive with B1G and even National Championship aspirations. If the Spartans hope to achieve those lofty goals they will have almost no room for error, meaning they will have to to win some key games in order to keep up with expectations.
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Football freep.com —  Walker recently named Kentucky, Arkansas and Michigan State as his top three schools, though he told the Herald-Leader that the Wildcats and the Spartans were the two “clear leaders” as of late last week. Later in the conversation, Walker mentioned that he “really liked” the SEC.
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Men's Basketball ridiculousupside.com —  Kalin Lucas has been trying to get to the NBA since graduating from Michigan State in 2011. Is this upcoming season finally the one? He thinks it is. The 25-year-old checked in with us from Orlando.
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Football freep.com —  Connor Cook and Jeremy Langford today both made the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, given annually to the top player in the nation. They were two of five Spartans honored today, as “watch list” season gets under way. Junior defensive end Shilique Calhoun, senior safety Kurtis Drummond and junior cornerback Trae Waynes all made the watch list for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player. Only Stanford, with four players listed, has more than MSU. Calhoun also was named to the watch list for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the nation’s “most versatile” player.
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Women's Basketball msuspartans.com —  Michigan State women's basketball head coach Suzy Merchant announced the hiring of David Thomas, a member of the 2000 Spartan men's basketball national championship team, as the program's new Director of Basketball Operations and Technology.
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Misc. mlive.com —  From 7 a.m. until after midnight, the Big Ten Network will air a marathon of classic Michigan State football and basketball games to whet Spartans fans’ appetites while they wait until football season. Included in the slate is both the 1988 and 2014 Rose Bowls, the 1987 win over Michigan and the 2011 Wisconsin game that ended on a Hail Mary.
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Men's Basketball db.lsj.com —  If you were to create an all-time team at MSU, Respert is your shooter. No Spartan has ever been more prolific from beyond the 3-point line, and better at making that line irrelevant. But he was also a sensational all-around scorer, with better explosion and creativity on the drive than perhaps his reputation.
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Track & Field msuspartans.com —  Michigan State freshman Katelyn Daniels made the most of her first experience in a Spartan uniform this weekend, placing second on the discus throw and third in the shot put at the USATF Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon. With her placement in the discus, Daniels will return to Hayward Field to represent the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships on July 24-25.
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Men's Basketball bleacherreport.com —  At 6'8" and 205 pounds, the 4-star prospect isn't quite in Payne's size bracket. But he'll probably get close—and there are hints of AP scattered in his developing arsenal. Like the No. 15 selection of the 2014 NBA draft, Davis is smooth and agile at the rim and along the baseline.
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