One day after Bill Beekman was named Michigan State’s permanent athletic director, his appointment became official. The Michigan State Board of Trustees approved Beekman as the athletic director during a special meeting Tuesday morning. The vote was unanimous in a meeting that lasted less than eight minutes and followed a Monday press conference to introduce Beekman.
The question regarding this situation really shouldn’t be “was this a good hire or not?” The question should be “was the process used to make the hire a good process or not?” From the outside looking in, it doesn’t appear that it was. And that is what is the most disconcerting about this whole thing – if the administration can’t be taken at its clear and unambiguous word that it won’t hire an internal candidate, then what in the world can it be taken at?
Bill Beekman is anything but an inspiring hire as Michigan State’s athletic director. He’s a deeply internal candidate from a school that’s promised external vision. He’s never worked in athletics, until six months ago. And he’ll be seen as the choice of unpopular interim school president John Engler. Inspired yet?
Source: Lansing State Journal
Roughly five months after interim president John Engler said a national search to replace former athletic director Mark Hollis would not include internal candidates, interim AD Bill Beekman was named Monday to the permanent post. In early February, Beekman was named interim AD by Engler, who said then a national search would begin for a new person to oversee Spartan athletics and that “no internal candidates from MSU will be considered.”
Source: Detroit News
Michigan State University Interim President John Engler appointed Bill Beekman as MSU’s athletic director pending approval of the Board of Trustees during a special meeting on July 17. Beekman has served as interim athletic director since February.
Michigan State University will take the interim away from Bill Beekman’s title and make him the permanent athletic director at the school, two sources close to interim president John Engler told the Free Press on Friday.
Source: Detroit Free Press
The Big Ten Conference announced on Tuesday that 1,143 students competing in intercollegiate athletics have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award. The list includes students from all 14 institutions and 38 different sports who have recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year.
Eight Michigan State University student-athletes have been recognized for excellence both on the playing field and in the classroom, earning the school’s highest athletic awards for 2017-18. The awards include the George Alderton Male and Female Athletes of the Year, Big Ten Conference Medals of Honor, Chester Brewer Leadership Award and Dr. James Feurig Achievement and Service Award. A panel of administrators and coaches selected the winners.
Bill Beekman has been serving as Michigan State’s interim athletic director for more than four months. And, don’t expect the university to hire a permanent replacement for the position soon. “I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon,” Mosallam said of hiring a new athletic director. “I think you’d want a new president to hire the AD – that’s my position.”
The Big Ten Conference announced the Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2018 spring sports season on Wednesday, May 30. In all, 148 Michigan State student-athletes were honored over the Spartans’ nine spring sports. In addition, MSU led the conference with eight student-athletes posting a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA on the spring Academic All-Big Ten Team.
Michigan State’s two NBA draft early entrants have long known that they’re likely to be picked in the top half of the first round.Now they now their most likely landing destinations, too.The 2018 NBA draft lottery, held on Tuesday night in Chicago, set the order for the first 14 picks in next month’s draft.
The Big Ten held its annual spring meetings the past two days at its headquarters outside of Chicago and most of the conference’s 14 universities were represented by their athletic directors. That included Michigan State as interim athletic director Bill Beekman attended two days of meetings.
Source: Detroit News
As the confetti fell at Lucas Oil Stadium after the Spartans won the 2015 Big Ten title game, then-Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis stood a few feet from the trophy stage and stock of his soaring athletic department. “We feel we have the right coaches, we have a great president, we have a fan base and our student athletes have a relationship with our coaches,” the Michigan State athletic director said. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Charlie Pistner scored four goals and the Michigan State defense held Chapman to its lowest goal total of the season as the Spartans won the 2018 MCLA Division I National Championships powered by Under Armour with a 10-8 win over the Panthers.
Source: US Lacrosse Magazine
Audits show Michigan State University’s former athletic director Mark Hollis and former President Lou Anna Simon were repeatedly warned that sports staff members weren’t adequately following the school’s financial procedures.
Source: Detroit News
With the academic year coming to an end for Spartan nation, MSU athletics will continue. Here are this week’s events:
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Michigan State’s Student-Athlete Support Services (SASS) hosted the 21st annual Spartan Academic Excellence Gala on Monday evening at the Breslin Center. The event recognized the academic success of Spartan student-athletes during the 2017-18 academic year.
Five seniors from the 2017 team — offensive lineman Brian Allen, defensive end Demetrius Cooper, linebacker Chris Frey, running back Gerald Holmes and kicker Brett Scanlon — auditioned in front of National Football League scouts and personnel in preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft.