The Michigan State football team will hold its annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. Following protocols and guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), a limited number of spectators will be allowed to attend the contest. The event will be a 10-15 period practice featuring individual and group drills as well as live scrimmage periods.
Gabe Brown’s season is a tough one to judge since he tested positive for COVID-19 in January. Even with that setback, he improved in numerous areas of his game, mainly his efficiency. He upped his shooting percentage from 43.6 percent as a sophomore to 47.1 percent this year, his improvement as a three-point shooter was even more significant (34.1 percent to 42 percent).
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On what proved to be a stellar night for the Spartan distance runners, senior Morgan Beadlescomb broke the school record in the 5000m at the Big Ten Indiana Invite #3, Friday at the Billy Hayes Track & Field Complex on Friday.
Michigan State baseball was defeated by Illinois Friday night in the weekend opener of the Champaign Pod at Illinois Field, by a 13-4 final. MSU scored early, but was overtaken by Illinois in the middle innings and the Illini pulled away. Michigan State returns to the diamond Saturday, as they play a split doubleheader, taking on the Illini at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT, then Purdue at 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT.
Brooks was introduced Friday as the 41st winner of the Hall Schram Mr. Basketball award, given annually to the state’s top senior by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
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The Michigan State men’s golf team heads to Nebraska this weekend for the second annual Git-R-Done Husker Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s first round at Firethorn Golf Club begins with a shotgun start at 10 a.m. ET for the first of 36 holes of continuous play. Sunday’s final round also begins with a 10 a.m. shotgun start.
Michigan State heads to Ohio for the third straight competition weekend and readies to take part in the Big Ten Invitational. East Fork State Park is the host venue for the event, which will welcome 16 schools for this regatta. Located east of Cincinnati, it has a history of hosting championship rowing and is a standout sprint rowing course.
Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn has landed his first head-coaching job. The former Michigan State point guard, who has spent the past two years with the Spartans as a graduate manager, is off to Sunrise Christian Academy to lead the school’s post-graduate basketball team.
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With a young linebacking core, a shallow defensive back crew and an experienced defensive line, the Spartans are looking to develop their defense during spring practice.
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Michigan State’s field hockey wasted no time in taking a lead on Thursday afternoon, scoring a pair of goals in the opening five minutes of the game, but Indiana scored a pair of goals to tie the game and then added a third early in overtime to beat the Spartans, 3-2, on Thursday afternoon.
The Michigan State women’s golf team will take part in the Indiana Invitational this weekend at IU’s Pfau Course on Saturday and Sunday. It will be the final tournament for the Spartans prior to the Big Ten Championships, which will take place April 23-25.
Michigan State track & field will split squads this week with part of the team heading to Bloomington for the B1G Indiana Invite #3, while the rest of the team will compete at the Husker B1G Invitational in Prairie View, Texas. The Indiana meet will take place on Friday, April16, while the Texas meet takes place over two days, April 16-17.
Michigan State’s head women’s soccer coach Tom Saxton announced his retirement on Thursday. Saxton just completed his 30th season at the helm of the Spartans and was the longest tenured women’s soccer coach in the Big Ten Conference.
The belief is that Michigan State is getting one of the best available transfers in point guard Tyson Walker. There is the slightest disagreement, at least according to CBS Sports and 247Sports, about exactly where the former Northeastern star stacks up on the transfer market.
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Michigan State’s season hasn’t even been over for a month and already there’s been plenty of movement. The Spartans officially now have five players out the door: Joshua Langford opted not to pursue a sixth year of eligibility, Aaron Henry left for the NBA, and Rocket Watts, Thomas Kithier, and Jack Hoiberg all entered the transfer portal. Four players are now set to join the program as well: incoming freshmen Jaden Akins, Pierre Brooks, Max Christie, and transfer point guard Tyson Walker.
Michigan State baseball will head to Champaign, Illinois for the Spartans’ second-straight pod play weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 16-18 with host Illinois and playing Purdue for the second-straight weekend
Scottie Hazleton liked what he saw from Michigan State football’s work-in-progress defense during Tuesday’s second spring scrimmage, particularly in forcing turnovers from the offense. He also made a frank assessment about the Spartans’ coaching staff: They, too, have a lot of room for improvement.
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When the 2021 NFL Draft begins on April 29, the clock will be ticking on history. USC, Michigan and Michigan State are the only three college football programs to have prospects selected in at least 80 straight drafts. The former two are virtual locks to keep their streaks alive, with linemen like Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC) and Kwity Paye (Michigan) widely expected to come off the board early. Michigan State’s hopes, meanwhile, rest with a trio of potential Day Three targets — one being linebacker Antjuan Simmons.