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Twelve years ago, Tom Izzo had to sit down with his family and make a decision about his future with Michigan State basketball. The Cleveland Cavaliers had come calling, offering to double his MSU salary where he would also have a chance to coach LeBron James (LeBron eventually left the Cavaliers for the Heat). He had to decide if coaching in the NBA was really his dream or if he was happy being a successful college coach with a seemingly endless leash.

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When Aaron Brule entered the transfer portal following four seasons at Mississippi State, it took only a week to pick a new school. The graduate transfer linebacker committed to the Spartans in December, and a previous connection with coach Mel Tucker, along with the program coming off an 11-win season last year, helped lay the path to East Lansing.“The perfect place to be,” Brule said with a smile on Thursday after the team’s seventh practice of fall camp. “Coach Tuck, I’m sure as y’all can see from the past season and stuff like that, he’s got some great things going on and I wanted to be a part of it.”

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Michigan State men’s soccer kicked off 2022 action with a 3-0 exhibition win over Lawrence Tech on Thursday night at DeMartin Stadium.

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Stop me if you have heard this from The State News before: The success of Michigan State football is largely dependent on the offensive line. With guys like Luke Campbell, Matt Allen and Blake Bueter all gone, many snaps have left the program, leaving lots of uncertainty at the position.

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Turns out, Jacob Slade is a little camera shy. Well, if the Michigan State defensive tackle has the season some are expecting, the fifth-year senior better get used to being the center of attention.

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Michigan State men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo has agreed to terms on a new contract, MSU Vice President and Director of Athletics Alan Haller announced Thursday. The contract will require formal approval by the MSU Board of Trustees at their next meeting (Sept. 9, 2022).

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In 2021 the Michigan State Spartans gave up a lot of yards through the air. In total, Michigan State’s defense gave up a total of 4,222 passing yards, which works out to 324.8 yards per game. Those numbers were good enough to be ranked No. 130 in the FBS in total pass defense out of a total of 130 teams. In other words, specifically the words of Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker at Big Ten Media Days: “We were last in the country last year,” Tucker said. “Dead-ass last. Now that’s going to change.”

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Michigan State coach Mel Tucker learned a valuable lesson 14 years ago during an NFL training camp. In 2008, Tucker was the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns under Romeo Crennel. The coaches were trying to manage reps for a veteran defensive lineman, and that’s when Crennel forced the issue with Tucker. “Romeo told me, ‘He has to show me that he can still do it,'” Tucker said at Big Ten Media Days. “I’ve never forgotten that. It’s a production business. It’s what have you done today? Can you still do it? It’s not just players. It’s the coaches.”

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Oakland released their official non-conference schedule on Wednesday, and it featured a trip to Michigan State on Dec. 21. That means former Spartans guard Rocket Watts — who transferred to Oakland this past offseason — will return to the Breslin Center to face one of his old teams.

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Michigan State men’s soccer opens the exhibition portion of the schedule against Lawrence Tech on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium.

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Ted Gilmore delivered high praise for his newest understudy, Daniel Barker. Even though he feels the Michigan State football tight end transfer does have one thing he needs to work on. “Once he learns it all, once it slows down for him, this young man has some skills. And I’m glad we have him,” Gilmore said Monday. “My biggest challenge with him is to get him to be quiet.”

Source: Detroit Free Press

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