Football mlive.com —  Metrics only go so far on the field, but such measurables as number of starters returning and returning yardage and tackles can get plenty of mileage at the office water cooler when talk turns to college football. Michigan State, coming off its first back-to-back top-five finishes since 1966-1967, is the most experienced team in the Big Ten heading into the 2015 season, according to a formula used in Phil Steele's preseason magazine.
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Men's Basketball theonlycolors.com —  A Lansing-area institution is back for its 12th year. This TOC writer, in particular, is a big fan. Who says it isn't worth a preview and roster breakdown?
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Men's Basketball espn.go.com —  Brooklyn Nets swingman Alan Anderson will opt out of the final year of his contract, as expected, and become a free agent, according to a source. Anderson had a Monday deadline to inform the Nets of his decision. He was due to make $1.3 million in 2015-16.
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Men's Basketball mlive.com —  Add another potential international basketball trip to Denzel Valentine's busy summer. The Michigan State senior guard will take part in training camp for USA Basketball's 2015 Pan American Games team, according to a Monday press release from USA Basketball.
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Men's Basketball freep.com —  Valentine played for Oakland in 2009-13 and spent last two seasons as a graduate assistant with Michigan State. "Drew Valentine is one of the best up-and-coming coaches in the nation," MSU head coach Tom Izzo said in a statement. "The job he did as a graduate manager in two years at Michigan State was second to none. His passion, discipline and work ethic are special, but his ability to motivate players is as good as I have ever seen. He will be a great fit in coach Kampe's system, one in which he excelled as a player. I look forward to watching him grow over the next few years as the latest member of the Spartan coaching tree."
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Cross Country spartanpodcast.com —  “It was pretty magical last fall,” says Spartans cross country and track coach Walt Drenth in a conversation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis in talking about his national champion women’s cross country team. Discuss »
Football mlive.com —  Corley said that the Spartans have peaked his interest in many ways and that he has been recruited to play on both sides of the line of scrimmage. "Michigan State, they'll let me play both ways if I go there," Corley said. "I have a great time (visiting) there. I've got a lot of friends that are on the football team when I go there. It'd be sweet."
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Misc. freep.com —  After back-to-back top-five finishes in football — the best stretch at the school since the championships of the 1950s and '60s — Spartan faithful often find themselves attempting to solve a dilemma that most schools dream of having: Which head coach — Tom Izzo or Mark Dantonio — is more dominant?
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