6 days ago

While I recently examined the current state of the Spartans’ men’s basketball depth-chart, and while I gave an update on recruiting a little over a month ago, a number of developments on the recruiting front and across the college basketball landscape, more generally, lead me to write another recruiting update that also provides some insight into the future team-building strategy that Tom Izzo and his staff appear to have settled on for at least the next couple of years.

Source: The Only Colors

6 days ago

On Thursday, Gilmore (tight ends coach) posted a picture on Twitter of himself and his group of tight ends on the golf course. Just a harmless picture, right? Well, it looks like it gave away a position change for one of the newest Spartans who was a former four-star receiver. Maliq Carr was pictured with the group of tight ends.

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6 days ago

As of the middle of this week, Michigan State was one summer practice into the 2021-22 season. But that didn’t stop Tom Izzo from making some early observations about his team five months before it opens play. “We’re a very good academic team,” Izzo said on Wednesday. “We’re a very good athletic team, and I think a very, very good together team.”

Source: mlive.com

6 days ago

On the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships  Sophia Franklin and Wade Walder picked up first and second-team All-American honors, respectively at Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

6 days ago

Michigan State volleyball player Lauren Swartz (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) All-District Team, as announced on Thursday, June 10. Sixty-nine Division I volleyball student-athletes earned the honor, split across eight districts. Those players advance to the national ballot, with Academic All-America selections for Division I volleyball slated to be announced on Monday, July 12.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

7 days ago

Ten Michigan State rowers have earned a spot on the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Student-Athletes list, as announced on Wednesday, June 9. “To say that the last year has been a challenge is a massive understatement, but I am very proud of our athletes who never let the challenges get the best of them,” said head coach Kim Chavers. “In addition to the 10 athletes who are receiving this honor from the CRCA, we had 52 members of our team earn Academic All-Big Ten honors. Their attention to their priorities and staying their course is absolutely to be commended.”

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

7 days ago

Former Michigan State basketball point guard Keith Appling will be arraigned via Zoom today in Detroit’s 36th District Court. Appling faces multiple charges, according to Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy: one count of first-degree murder, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and two counts of felony firearm. Appling is accused of fatally shooting his relative, Clyde Edmonds, multiple times on May 22 after an argument over a handgun. He fled the scene with his girlfriend, who will also be arraigned today with one count of accessory after the fact and one count of lying to a police officer.

Source: The Only Colors

7 days ago

The NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships began on Wednesday with the Michigan State men beginning the action at Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon. The Spartans had two athletes in competing with Trevor Stephenson in the pole vault and Wade Walder in the decathlon.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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Tom Izzo spent part of his Wednesday morning making an appearance on the 97.1 the Ticket’s morning show. With Michigan State basketball starting summer practice this week, it is time to start making strides for the upcoming season. There was a lot to digest for Coach Izzo as he starts preparing for the 2021-22 campaign.

Source: Spartans Wire

1 week ago

Michigan State track & field will conclude the 2021 season at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the newly renovated Heyward Field in Eugene, Oregon from June 9-12. This will be the first outdoor championships since 2019 in Austin, Texas, due to the cancellation of the 2020 outdoor track & field season.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

1 week ago

The 2020-21 NBA season has come to an end and it gives us time to reflect on which former Spartans did the best in the NBA this season. From Miles Bridges to Cassius Winston to Jaren Jackson Jr., let’s take a look at how all of the Spartans did this season

Source: Spartans Wire

1 week ago

Michigan State’s men’s basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo announced several staffing changes, with Doug Wojcik moving to assistant coach and three former Spartan standouts returning to the program.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

1 week ago

Michigan State started off the season in early February with the Big Ten Match Play Championship at Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, Florida. MSU took third at the event, the Spartans’ fifth top-three showing at the annual event that dates back to 2009. The team followed that performance up with a 12th place finish among a 14-team field at the Kiawah Invitational in Maryland at the Oak Point Golf Club. James Piot led the Spartans in tying for 23rd place.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

The Nittany Lions essentially had the tale of two seasons last fall. PSU opened with five straight losses before rattling off four straight victories to end the regular season and choosing to forgo a bowl game. Opt-outs by key players and off the field life stressors such as head coach James Franklin sending his family off to a long-term vacation home during the regular season due to an immune issue one of his children has certainly had to play key factors in the season’s struggles.

Source: The Only Colors

2 weeks ago

Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker has named Saeed Khalif the program’s Director of Player Personnel. Khalif will direct the recruiting efforts for the Spartans, developing and implementing strategic plans while supervising the recruiting staff. He will oversee and manage prospect identification and evaluations and work with the assistant coaches to identify prospective student-athletes. In addition, Khalif will coordinate the evaluation of all current players on the active roster, providing detailed reports to the coaching staff. He will also run the NFL Education Program and annual Spartan Pro Day.

Source: Michigan State University Athletics

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2 weeks ago

In episode 36 of MLive’s Spartan Confidential podcast, reporters Brandon Champion, Kyle Austin, and Matt Wenzel return from a break to discuss the long-awaited end of the NCAA’s recruiting dead period and its impact on Mel Tucker and Tom Izzo. Also, does Mike Krzyzewski’s retirement announcement speed up Izzo’s timeline?

2 weeks ago

On Friday, shooting guard Max Christie (Illinois) and small forward Pierre Brooks (Michigan) were both named the winners of the prestigious honor for their states. The two are members of Michigan State’s 2021 recruiting class, which ranks No. 2 in the B1G and No. 10 nationally, per 247Sports.

Source: Saturday Tradition

2 weeks ago

Tom Izzo, has found Drew Denisco’s replacement and he didn’t have to look far to find him. One of his former players, Austin Thornton, is making his return to East Lansing and he will serve as the new video coordinator for the Spartans. A job Denisco left, back in May, to join Eastern Michigan’s staff.

Source: WLNS 6 News

2 weeks ago

Tyson Walker has always admired Michigan State’s basketball team from afar, especially the way Tom Izzo utilizes his point guards. It’s why the Northeastern University transfer didn’t even need to step foot on campus to know that East Lansing was the place for him. “I watched a lot when they had Cassius (Winston) and how they’d get up and down,” said Walker. “A lot of pick and rolls with them and they kind of let them flow through the offense. I just like playing like that.”

Source: WLNS 6 News

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