Football chicagotribune.com —  Black History Month regularly features stories about the integration of college football in the 1960s. Usually, the accounts focus on the first African-American players who broke the barriers to play at powerhouse schools in the South. However, there’s a significant and often overlooked part of this saga that took place at Michigan State. A new book by Tom Shanahan, “Raye of Light,” examines how Duffy Daugherty built the great Spartans teams of the 1960s by actively recruiting elite African-American players such as Bubba Smith and George Webster. The starting quarterback on his great 1966 team was Jimmy Raye, an African-American.
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio doesn't attempt to hide his competitive nature from the public, so he certainly doesn't mask his passion for football from his assistant coaches or players. And the Michigan State head coach has something to prove where it comes to the Spartans defense, as it moves forward without the services of iconic defensive coordinator and now Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.
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Football mlive.com —  Several prospects being recruiting by Michigan State will take part in the "Best Of The Midwest" high school football combine on Monday, including quarterback Messiah deWeaver from the 2016 class.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes was projected as the No. 14 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. in a recent article. That would have Waynes as the first cornerback selected in the draft, going to the Miami Dolphins, where he would join former Spartans Dion Sims (tight end) and Brandon Fields (punter).
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State football's most obvious area of concern this offseason is in the Spartans' self-styled "No-Fly Zone,'' where no positions appear too safe, most notably the cornerback positions. Co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Harlon Barnett told returning players and recruits that both cornerback positions are open, as MSU loses projected first-round NFL pick Trae Waynes and was unsettled at the other corner throughout the season.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State has regularly used basketball games as opportunities to get recruits on campus, particularly young recruits. Last Saturday's game resulted in several new offers. Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy defensive and Daniel Joseph was offered. Joseph, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect, was recently offered by Duke and Illinois, as well, after previously holding several MAC offers.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State has been able to sign some outstanding players from the state of Illinois the past few years. And the Spartans' staff is looking to continue that trend in the class of 2016. This past weekend, MSU offered one of the top prospects in the Land of Lincoln. Defensive end Daniel Joseph of Lake Forest Academy visited campus and, while in East Lansing, he received a scholarship offer from MSU coach Mark Dantonio.
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Football profootballtalk.nbcsports.com —  Steelers tailback Le’Veon Bell finally settled the marijuana possession and driving under the influence charges against him last week, with 15 months probation the legal outcome. Now, the focus turns to how the NFL handles the matter. ESPN’s John Clayton reported Wednesday that Bell is “expected” to be banned for the first two regular-season games of 2015.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State football is in the second week of winter workouts, a grueling schedule of early morning running and weightlifting designed to put the players in proper conditioning to handle spring football drills when they begin on March 24.
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Football espn.go.com —  Spring football is already peeking around the corner, but the Big Ten blog just doesn't have the patience to wait for teams to get back on the practice field. To help pass the time, we're looking across the league at the top position battles that could help shape the season by September and some candidates to take over those jobs.
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Football statenews.com —  The State News has published an open letter from Trae Waynes to the Spartan Nation expressing his gratitude towards the coaches, trainers, managers, staff and fans. Must read.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has no plans to increase football ticket prices, even after back-to-back top 5 finishes, according to athletic director Mark Hollis. "Right now we're comfortable with our ticket pricing,'' Hollis said on Tuesday's 'Griff and Grinz Show' on Lansing's 92.1 FM The Team. "We are not anticipating making any changes today. We do like the scaled price, with the single games, yet we want to keep high value in the season ticket.''
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Football freep.com —  "I said this in the defensive back meeting room. I told all the recruits this (separately), and I told all the defensive backs here recently, within the last two or three weeks: 'There's gonna be two new corners starting for Michigan State this year,' " Barnett said. " 'I don't know who they are. They could be freshmen, they could be guys who are returning.' "
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Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State is 20-1 to win the college football national championship. Ohio State, coming off a national championship in the first year of the college football playoff, is the favorite at 9-2. The Spartans are among three teams — Oregon and Clemson are the others — sharing the 20-1 odds.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State has slipped a spot in ESPN's post-signing day "Way-Too-Early Top 25" rankings without so much as playing a game or unexpectedly losing an underclassman to the upcoming NFL draft. Alabama jumped from No. 10 to No. 4, which knocked Michigan State from No. 6 down to No. 7.
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Football nj.com —  Trae Waynes might be the only cornerback in the draft ready to step in and play right away, according to one of the top personnel men in the league. "It's not a great year for the position,'' he said of the Class of 2015 cornerbacks. "There are some guys who are going to get over drafted just because of the nature of the position. Teams are always looking for corners.''
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Football mlive.com —  WalterFootball.com updated its 2016 NFL draft rankings for the QB position on Monday, and Cook is the No. 1-ranked quarterback. The website's assessment is that Cook has displayed some amazing accuracy throwing the football but lacks consistency: " ... has some inconsistency with his accuracy on the routine passes and when going deep down the middle. Cook has to improve his footwork, which in turn will help his accuracy."
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Football espn.go.com —  The biggest mover in the top 10 was Michigan State’s Connor Cook. Why? Sixty-three percent of Cook’s passing yards came through the air (rather than after the catch), the highest percentage of any Power 5 quarterback with at least 100 passes. In other words, Cook did not rely on yards after the catch for his passing yards.
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Football mlive.com —  Messiah deWeaver said he's Michigan State's No. 1 quarterback target in the 2016 class, according to a Scout.com report out of his home state of Ohio. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound deWeaver is from Wayne High School in Dayton, Ohio, and he's the No. 14-ranked pro-style quarterback in his class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
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Football mlive.com —  Brad Salem might be one of the most underrated assistant coaches in the nation when one takes into account the growth and development of rising fifth-year senior Connor Cook. Cook came to the Spartans as a two-star recruit with no other Big Ten offers, but he has since developed into the league's passing leader in 2014 and a Big Ten title game and Rose Bowl MVP under Salem's guidance the past two seasons.
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