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The Big Ten became the first big domino to fall in making a change to the upcoming fall college sports schedule when the conference decided that they would be participating in a conference-only schedule for the fall. The one heading up that decision is Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, who was appointed to the position in June of last year.
With the landing of 2021’s No. 1 shooting guard in the form of five-star, Chicago-bred, Max Christie and the college basketball-altering decision of National Gatorade Player of the Year and highest touted high school prospect since LeBron James, Emoni Bates, in just the matter of a nine-day span, the Spartan’s first commit for their potential 2021 dynasty may have slipped some people’s minds.
Big Ten fall sports will operate on a conference-only schedule this season, according to a statement from the Big Ten released on Thursday afternoon.
2021 five-star shooting guard Max Christie had verbally committed to Michigan State after fielding offers from Villanova, Virginia, Purdue and Ohio State. Christie joins 2022 five-star forward Emoni Bates as the second five-star recruit to join Tom Izzo’s squad in the last week when Bates announced his verbal commitment last Monday.
This week on the State News Sports Roundtable, Eli McKown is joined by Matt Schmucker and Devin Anderson Torrez to discuss the sports world becoming a voice for change as the Black Lives Matter movement continues into the month of July. The Roundtable also creates a sports-only Presidential campaign to try and win the 2020 Presidential election.
After years of recruiting disappointments with guys like Jabari Parker and Vernon Carey Jr, Tom Izzo finally got his guy when he landed the top prospect from the 2022 high school graduating class Emoni Bates. That description of Bates probably does not do him justice considering the 16-year-old from Ypsilanti, Michigan is one of just seven players to receive a perfect rating by 247Sports, joining the likes of LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Greg Oden.
Emoni Bates, the top basketball recruit for the Class of 2022, announced his commitment to Michigan State during a live ESPN interview Monday afternoon.
Two student-athletes at Michigan State tested positive for COVID-19 on June 22 in a second round of testing for student-athletes returning to campus for voluntary workouts, according to a statement from MSU Athletics shared by the Detroit Free Press. The two student-athletes were the only two to test positive for COVID-19 out of 114 other student-athletes from the football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball teams. It is unclear what teams the two positive tests came from.
With three Final Four appearances, five Big Ten regular season titles and plenty of stand-out players to pass through his program over the decade, Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo claimed another title on Tuesday, this one being the Big Ten basketball coach of the decade.
The Michigan State Athletic Department has announced changes to their season ticket plans, including pausing the purchase of student ticket plans and sale of public tickets as well as adjusting the amount of tickets being sold.
Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman earlier this month told reporters in a Zoom conference that they are planning on having fans in the stands for football this fall, but only at 20-30% capacity. Student-athletes from football, men’s and women’s basketball, and volleyball are all returning for voluntary workouts on campus and practice plans are being put in place for the possibility of college sports returning this fall. Getting athletes on the field is difficult as is, let alone having spectators coming back to pack in stadiums.
Of the 124 Michigan State student-athletes tested for COVID-19 on Monday, one tested positive, the MSU athletic department released according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Big Ten Conference has put words into action by launching the Big Ten’s Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, as well as launching a voter registration campaign in light of the recent unrest in the United States over police violence and systemic racism.
This week on the State News Sports Roundtable, Eli McKown is joined by MSU wrestling star Cameron Caffey to discuss how he manages school and sports, his sophomore season being cut short, the ongoing conversations about race in wrestling, and his Mount Rushmore of MSU classrooms.
The NCAA’s Division I Football Oversight Committee passed a practice plan for the upcoming football season that adds two extra weeks of walk-throughs and another week of workouts that can be with coaches to the original preseason start because of the loss of spring practices due to COVID-19. The NCAA Division I Council will vote on the plan next Wednesday.
On Thursday, Michigan State announced the five athletes who earned the University’s highest athletic awards for 2019-20. Among them are men’s basketball senior Cassius Winston, sophomore golfer Valery Plata, cross country/track and field redshirt senior Annie Fuller, gymnastics senior Gabriella Douglas and men’s swimming senior Scott Piper.
Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman announced in a teleconference with reporters last week that MSU is planning on going ahead as scheduled with football as of right now. The Spartans' first game is on Sept. 5 against Northwestern. Beekman said that MSU is planning on opening Spartan Stadium to fans, but only at 20-30% capacity with priority given to students, season ticket holders and major donors.
Michigan State student-athletes will be able to return to campus starting June 15 to begin the process of voluntary summer workouts, according to a university press release. Football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball players will be the first to undergo testing.
Chinese philosopher Confucius once said, “To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.”
This week on the State News Sports Roundtable, host Elijah McKown is joined by Enterprise Reporter Devin Anderson-Torrez as they bring on former Michigan State linebacker and current MSU football Director of Player Engagement Darien Harris to discuss his new role at MSU, the ongoing protests against police violence in the United States, his time as a player at Michigan State and his Mount Rushmore of MSU classrooms and buildings.