Football mlive.com —  Most any coach will tell you that one play never decides a game, but there's no doubt that some plays prove bigger than others in college football. That has certainly been the case for Michigan State, which was on both sides of big plays in 2014 en route to an 11-2 campaign that was accentuated by a stunning comeback in the Spartans' 42-41 Cotton Bowl win over Baylor.
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Football mlive.com —  It was a familiar story for outgoing Michigan State defensive end Marcus Rush at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. The numbers didn't necessarily show it, but Rush had a dynamic impact in Team National's 17-0 win over Team American in the all-star game played in Carson, California on Saturday.
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Football mlive.com —  Taiwan Jones and Keith Mumphery left strong impressions throughout the East-West Shrine Game week, even if they didn't show up in the highlights.
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Football freep.com —  The low attrition rate in his program, the consistent recruiting of that program and the accelerated process at large has afforded Mark Dantonio the chance to be very selective with signing day, which is just more than two weeks away. "We're not looking for many guys," Dantonio said Friday of the 2015 class, which is why much of the effort now is getting a jump on 2016 — for example, offering 2016 defensive end Khalid Kareem of Farmington Hills Harrison.
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Football mlive.com —  Sports Illustrated picked the Cotton Bowl as one of the Top 10 games of the year, and two other Michigan State games were in the honorable mention category.
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Football freep.com —  Dave Warner is Michigan State's highest-paid assistant coach in its new structure, and the departure of defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi to Pittsburgh has allowed MSU to give everyone substantial raises – while investing just $5 more into the overall pool.
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Football michiganstate.247sports.com —  “Our coaches have coached,” Dantonio said. “We don’t lose a defensive line coach, we don’t lose a linebacker coach and we don’t lose a secondary coach. We lost a guy who coordinated but the day in, day out performance of the coaches on the field are right there. We don’t lose anything there. … I’m always gonna be involved in that process and always have been.”
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Football onlyfans.cstv.com —  Four Michigan State seniors - linebacker Taiwan Jones, wide receiver Keith Mumphery, defensive end Marcus Rush and punter Mike Sadler - will showcase their talents in college all-star games on Saturday, Jan. 17.
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Football freep.com —  If there's a dumb narrative that needs to be killed right now, it's that MSU should change its defensive foundation
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Football freep.com —  If you thought Michigan State was going to make fundamental changes in its defense after giving up big numbers to three elite offenses this season, think again. "You've got to adapt," MSU coach Mark Dantonio told reporters of his defensive plans after speaking Friday at Michigan High School Football Coaches Association at the Lansing Center. "It's difficult to adapt, but you've got to adapt and you've got to always just – I don't think we can ever say 'Status quo, we're gonna remain the same.' We never have, we never will."
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Football msuspartans.com —  Mark Dantonio took time on Friday morning to speak for an hour to hundreds of football coaches in the state of Michigan at the 43rd annual Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Clinic at the Lansing Center.
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Football highschoolsports.mlive.com —  At a time when many high school football players change their commitments, Khari Willis has never wavered. The Jackson Lumen Christi senior verbally committed to Michigan State University last June and is sticking to his word. On Saturday, Willis will be among a number of recruits MSU coach Mark Dantonio hosts for their official visit to campus in East Lansing.
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Football detroitnews.com —  “I didn’t stay for the game,” Dantonio said Friday at the Lansing Center after speaking at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association clinic. “I felt a little awkward. I want to play in that game, I don’t want to be a spectator. I think that is the way most of our players felt with the Big Ten Championship game … I watched the fourth quarter when I got back.”
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio is the first to acknowledge what Pat Narduzzi meant to the program, but the concept that Michigan State's defense will drop off without its former defensive coordinator gets the Spartans' head coach riled up. "I think that's ridiculous,'' Dantonio said Friday after his presentation at the MHSFCA clinic at the Lansing Center. "Pat didn't make one tackle out there. He didn't make one play on the ball. He is a coordinator. He did a great job. Again, our defensive coaches are all stable, intact, coaching the same guys.''
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Football freep.com —  All over ESPN the day of the College Football Playoff national championship, Mark Dantonio went from one stop to the next, waiting to provide analysis and to promote his program on national television. The one thing he wasn't waiting for? The national title game. "I was on the plane coming back," Dantonio said today, after his presentation at the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association at the Lansing Center. "I felt a little awkward. I want to play in that game; I don't want to be a spectator. I think that's the way most of our players felt about going to the Big Ten championship game."
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio indicated he plans on his football team returning for the start of spring drills March 24 almost at full strength, with the exception of reserve offensive lineman Zach Higgins and linebacker Jon Reschke.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State led the nation in rush defense, a testament to how Jones learned to call the defenses and filled the gaps himself. Reports from the East-West Shrine Game practices this week indicate he's done the same in St. Petersburg, Fla. The all-star game kicks off at 4 p.m. on Saturday from Tropicana Field (TV: NFL Network).
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Football detroitnews.com —  The recruiting contact period opened Thursday, but Michigan State got ahead of some of the schools headed in to see Farmington Hills Harrison junior defensive end Khalid Kareem and offered him a scholarship on Wednesday night. After adding offers from Michigan and Indiana on Thursday, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Kareem now has 21 offers to his name, but sees the Spartans as an important one. "It's a really good offer," he said. "It's an in-state school I've watched growing up, so it's a great feeling and a blessing."
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