Michigan State head football coach Mel Tucker has named Diron Reynolds as the program’s defensive line coach. Reynolds, who has more than 25 years of coaching experience both at the NFL and Power 5 levels, previously spent the past seven seasons (2016-22) as the defensive line coach at Stanford. He has coached on multiple championship teams, including winning a Super Bowl ring with the Colts, and has worked with numerous All-Americans, NFL Draft picks and All-Pro players.
No. 15 Michigan State heads out on the road to Minneapolis for a two-game series at No. 2 Minnesota. MSU trails in the all-time series by a 50-131-16 margin, including 5-0 and 6-3 wins in East Lansing in early December. In that series, both the Gophers and the Spartans skated through both games penalty-free – the first known time that two Division I men’s hockey teams BOTH skated through a two-game series without a penalty called. MSU brings Minnesota products Justin Jallen (St. Paul) and Gavin Best (Richfield) to play in their home state.
Michigan State has added a strong addition to the 2023 recruiting class with the addition of Tarik Ahmetbasic. The Chippewa Valley standout announced that he was coming to Michigan State as a preferred walk-on through his social media early this morning.
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The basketball feels the same leaving Pierre Brooks’ hand as it always has.“It’s felt the same way since I was a baby,” Brooks said. But what’s happening these days after the ball leaves his hand is unfamiliar. Brooks, the Michigan State sophomore guard, has missed 11 straight 3-point attempts for Michigan State stretching all the way back to the Spartans’ game against Nebraska on Jan. 3. It’s a shooting slump that’s proven frustrating and hard to shake as Michigan State goes through a stretch of three losses in four games.
Michigan State players got something on Monday they haven’t gotten in more than two weeks: a day off. For the first time since Jan. 4-6, Michigan State has more than two days to prepare for an upcoming game this week. That allowed the team’s players to take a day off from practice on Monday to rest and recover after a stretch of six games in 16 days.
Just weeks after being nominated along with the rest of their fellow 2023 Michigan State basketball class signees, Jeremy Fears and Xavier Booker have officially been named McDonald’s All-Americans.
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Michigan State gymnast Nikki Smith has been named both Big Ten Gymnast of the Week and Freshman of the Week, as announced by the conference Tuesday. A native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Smith earns both honors for the first time in her career and becomes the first MSU gymnast to collect both awards in the same week since Skyla Schulte on March 8, 2022.
Michigan State baseball infielder Mitch Jebb was tabbed to Perfect Game’s Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Jebb, a junior from Saginaw, Michigan, led MSU and ranked tied for eighth in the B1G with a .356 average, also topping the team and ranking fifth in the B1G with 78 hits. He also led the team in stolen bases and walks, ranking eighth in the conference with 20 stolen bases and sixth in the league with 38 walks.
Michigan State remains at No. 15 in this latest USCHO Poll following an idle week. The Spartans were last in action Jan. 13-14 in a home series where MSU took four points from Penn State. It pushed Michigan State up two spots from No. 17.
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Behind the sixth-best score in school history, the No. 14 Michigan State gymnastics team took down No. 3 Michigan, 197.200-196.975 on Alumni Day at a packed Jenison Field House Sunday night. Michigan State captured its first win against Michigan since winning the State of Michigan Classic on Feb. 3, 2007 in East Lansing.
With alumni and Title IX trailblazers in the stands, the Michigan State women’s basketball team celebrated pioneers with a wire-to-wire win over Rutgers, 85-63, Sunday afternoon at the Breslin Center.
It wasn’t the start or the finish. This time, Michigan State basketball’s midsection proved the Spartans’ undoing. And maybe a little fatigue as well. In a game loaded with runs, Indiana got the biggest and most timely — an 18-4 burst midway through the second half — to pull away from MSU to a chippy 82-69 victory Sunday at Assembly Hall.
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A month after Michigan State signed its latest recruiting class, the midyear enrollees are officially with the program. The Spartans on Friday announced the addition of eight members of its 2023 signing class along with 11 transfers from the portal, who are all enrolled for the spring semester.
Michigan State track & field continued the indoor season at the Simmons-Harvey Invitational at the U-M Indoor Track Building Saturday in Ann Arbor, posting three event wins and a number of personal bests.
The Michigan State Spartans earned the first two wins in the Harry Jadun era, knocking off Brown and Bellarmine, 4-1 and 5-2, respectively, in a Saturday doubleheader at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.
No. 14 Michigan State hosts No. 3 Michigan at Jenison Field House for its home opener on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. The meet will broadcast nationally on Big Ten Network with Dean Linke and Olivia Karas on the call. Live stats will be available at MSUSpartans.com.
Michigan State women’s basketball concludes its two-game homestand facing Rutgers on Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Breslin Center. Tip off time is set for 3 p.m. on BTN+ with Ethan Hunter and Alexis Alston calling the action. On Sunday, the Spartans will celebrate Alumni Day. MSU will also honor Spartan women of all sports during its Title IX game.
Michigan State is back on the road on Sunday, Jan. 22, playing at Indiana (CBS, noon). The Spartans are coming off a 70-57 win over No. 23 Rutgers at home on Thursday night. The game will air live on CBS, with Spero Dedes and Jim Spanarkel calling all of the action.