The Michigan State volleyball program played a three-hour marathon in Evanston on Friday night, defeating a tough Northwestern squad in five sets, 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 27-25, 23-25, 15-13), from Welsh-Ryan Arena. Freshman outside hitter Taylah Holdem continued her torrid stretch of matches posting 25 kills and 14 digs for the Spartans.
Know Thy Enemy is a Q&A where the perspective changes from the eyes of The State News to the eyes of the student newspaper of Michigan State’s opponent. This week, The State News’ football beat writer Jacob Smith spoke with football reporter Matthew McGowan of The Daily Iowan ahead of Saturday’s Michigan State-Iowa game.
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Michigan State’s defense played tough but ultimately fell on the road to No. 3-ranked Northwestern University, 6-0. The Wildcats (10-1, 3-0 B1G) offense was aggressive from start to finish on Friday evening. The Spartans (3-6, 1-2 B1G) faced 10 shot attempts in the opening quarter which was the most faced in a single quarter this season.
Michigan State women’s soccer (8-2-2, 3-0-1 B1G) returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 1 at noon to host fourth-ranked Penn State (9-0-2, 3-0-1 B1G) at DeMartin Stadium. Sunday’s game will be the first game of the Spartan Soccer Doubleheader, followed by the MSU men hosting No. 25 Penn State at 3 p.m.
Michigan State men’s soccer team will conclude its three-game homestand against No. 25 Penn State on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 3 p.m. at DeMartin Stadium. It is the second half of a Spartans vs. Nittany Lions doubleheader, as both women’s teams will play at Noon.
Michigan State’s cross country programs continued to shine on the gray Friday morning of Sept. 29 at the Joe Piane Invitational where the men placed fifth in the feature race and the women second in the open race.
It is a new year for the Michigan State women’s basketball team, and along with the new year, the team will also be introducing new head coach, Robyn Fralick, who enters her 20th year as a college coach and ninth year as a head coach.
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In one of its most dominating performances of the season, Michigan State women’s soccer knocked off Maryland, 5-0, to remain unbeaten in Big Ten play Thursday night at DeMartin Stadium. MSU moves to 8-2-2 (3-0-1 B1G) with the win
Michigan State heads to Iowa this weekend after back-to-back home losses by 20-plus points, days removed from firing its head coach and with quarterback issues after Noah Kim’s second-half benching last week against Maryland. Iowa’s issues may not be quite on that level. But the Hawkeyes have plenty of issues of their own, too.
Michigan State basketball had its first practice on Monday which means college hoops are right around the corner — 40 days to be exact. The excitement is palpable throughout the fanbase, especially as the football season has taken a turn for the worst.
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With just 10 days from the opening puck drop to the Michigan State hockey season, the preseason hype train has a full head of steam. The Spartans, who haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 2012, had their media day Wednesday as they enter the season with, arguably, their highest expectations since 2007 — when they were coming off a national championship. MSU is ranked No. 9 in the preseason United States College Hockey Online poll and was picked to finish third in the Big Ten behind Minnesota and Michigan, who are both ranked in the top five.
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Michigan State University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Alan Haller, with the support of the interim president and the board of trustees, today terminated Mel Tucker’s employment contract. Specifically, the university terminated Tucker’s contract for his admitted and undisputed behaviors which have brought public disrespect, contempt and ridicule upon the university; and constitute a material breach of his agreement, and moral turpitude.
Michigan State University fired head football coach Mel Tucker for inappropriate conduct on Wednesday, a stunning fall for one of the highest-paid coaches in college sports, who signed a record 10-year, $95 million contract less than two years ago.
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Three possessions into the game, Maryland reached the end zone three times. Michigan State trailed 21-0 midway through the second quarter last week and appeared headed for a second straight blowout loss. However, unlike the previous week when the Spartans were noncompetitive in an ugly loss to Washington, they fought back and challenged the Terrapins late before a 31-9 loss.
The Spartans bring back an experienced and proven roster that’s expected to be ranked among the top 10 in the national polls. But it still has some things to figure out in the next six weeks. Here are five things to watch during Michigan State basketball’s preseason:
Sophomore forward Jonathan Stout’s header in the 88th minute drew the match even, as the Michigan State men’s soccer team tied Oakland, 2-2, at a rain-soaked DeMartin Stadium on Hometown Heroes Night. With the draw, the Spartans remain unbeaten with a 5-0-3 overall, ending the month of September with a 4-0-3 record.
Last season, Michigan State basketball lacked experienced bodies, especially in the front court. Now, with one of the most talented freshman classes the program has ever had, adding up with a couple of returning starters, the team is primed to have a double-digit number of guys seeing extensive minutes on the hardwood.
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After four consecutive games at home to start the 2023 season, Michigan State travels to Iowa for its first road game to take on the Hawkeyes Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT in Kinnick Stadium. The game will be televised on NBC and streamed on Peacock with Noah Eagle (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst) and Kathryn Tappen (sidelines) on the call.
Every week throughout the NFL season, we check in on Michigan State products playing at the highest level. More than a dozen Spartans were on active rosters on Day 1 of the regular season, with several others hanging around on practice squads.
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