The 2021 Michigan State Hall of Fame Class was officially inducted on Friday, Sept. 24. Franklin Gomez (wrestling), Anthony Hamm (men’s cross country/track and field), Carol Hutchins (softball/women’s basketball), Lynn Janson (men’s golf), Elizabeth (Shimek) Moeggenberg (women’s basketball), Floor Rijpma (field hockey), Charles Rogers (football) and Ron Scott (hockey) officially joined the newly renovated Hall at the Clara Bell Smith Center.
Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., has appointed Alan Haller, current MSU assistant vice president, and deputy athletic director, as vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics. The announcement comes after the MSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the president’s selection during a special meeting.
Multiple sources told the Free Press deputy director Alan Haller is likely to be promoted this week to lead the athletic department, after school president Samuel Stanley and others interviewed two finalists over the weekend. A final decision was made early Monday afternoon, and the two parties are finalizing contract details.
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Michigan State Athletics today announced that The Brandr Group (TBG) is bringing Spartan student-athletes the opportunity to combine their Name, Image and Likeness with MSU’s official trademarks and logos through participation in a Group Licensing Program.
Michigan State mourns the passing of Jim Pignataro, the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Services at Michigan State University. Pignataro was 49.
In a statement, the Big Ten said, “In collaboration and communication with the Big Ten Conference Athletic Directors, Chancellors and Presidents, the Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Sports Medicine Committee — effective today — the conference has determined that if one of its member institutions is unable to play a conference contest due to COVID-19, that contest shall be declared a forfeit and will not be rescheduled.”
It’s been two weeks since Bill Beekman announced he was stepping down as Michigan State’s athletic director. Since then, there has been little more than speculation as to who might succeed Beekman. The campaigning has continued as more support rolled in Friday for an internal candidate while an outside group has made a push for Michigan State to hire a woman.
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The linebacker position has long been successful for the Spartans. After a down year in 2020, what does the position look like for Michigan State heading into the 2021 season?
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Michigan State will induct eight Spartans into its Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 24 as part of its annual “Celebrate” weekend. The 2021 Hall of Fame Class includes: Franklin Gomez (wrestling), Anthony Hamm (men’s cross country/track and field), Carol Hutchins (softball/women’s basketball), Lynn Janson (men’s golf), Elizabeth (Shimek) Moeggenberg (women’s basketball), Floor Rijpma (field hockey), Charles Rogers (football) and Ron Scott (hockey).
Things are quieter around Michigan State now compared to the last time it went looking for a new athletic director. And that’s a good thing for school leaders as they look to make a pivotal hire for the future of Spartans athletics. Bill Beekman stepped down this week after three years as the school’s athletic director and will move to a new role in the school president’s office.
Michigan State’s athletic department is about to undergo another major shift. Bill Beekman is resigning as athletic director but will remain in the post in an interim capacity as the school conducts a national search for his replacement, sources confirmed to the Free Press on Thursday afternoon. A date for Beekman’s departure has not been set, according to another source.
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Michigan State Athletics has announced its All-Sports Awards winners for the 2020-21 season. The awards include the George Alderton Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Chester Brewer Leadership Award, Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award, and Big Ten Conference Medals of Honor. A panel of administrators and coaches selected the winners.
With another record-producing year in the classroom, the Michigan State athletic department placed a total of 269 student-athletes among the Big Ten’s list of Distinguished Scholars, which was released on Thursday (July 1).
With groundbreaking opportunities on the horizon for Spartan student-athletes to market their name, image, and likeness (NIL), Michigan State Athletics has developed the EverGreen program to support its student-athletes. With pillars of brand, empower, educate and innovate, Spartan student-athletes will be equipped to build their brand, make informed decisions within the framework of applicable legislation, and be positioned to maximize their earning potential.
The Big Ten Conference has recognized a total of 2,446 students – 156 from Michigan State – competing in spring and at-large sports who have been named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team. Of the 77 spring honorees with perfect 4.0 GPAs, 15 were from Michigan State, the most of any school in the conference
In a semester that saw all but one of Michigan State’s teams compete, Spartan student-athletes turned in an excellent semester in the classroom, posting the highest cumulative GPA in athletic department history (3.3051).
Nearly 110 Spartan student-athletes have completed work on their degrees this spring and are scheduled to participate in commencement exercises this weekend (April 30-May 2). Michigan State University is holding more than 50 in-person and two virtual commencement ceremonies for the spring 2021 graduating class.
No. 6 seed Michigan State men’s soccer had its season come to an end against No. 3 seed Michigan, 1-0, Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament at the U-M Soccer Complex in Ann Arbor.