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Imagine a fall Saturday in East Lansing: Leaves are turning orange and red and the banks of the Red Cedar River creep through tailgate spots and onto Spartan Stadium. It’s game day and it’s a beautiful day for football — only no one's tailgating, students aren’t making the hike to Spartan Stadium and the marching band isn’t making its way through the streets. The sounds of a football Saturday in East Lansing are silent now and Spartan Stadium is empty.
After a college basketball team cuts down the nets, college sports fans' engagement tends to simmer down during the summer months as its two main spectacles — college football and college basketball — come to an end.
When senior guard Cassius Winston stood on the scorekeeper’s table, embracing the moment he became a three-time Big Ten champion, nobody knew it would be the last time he would wear a Spartan uniform.
A former Michigan State track athlete has filed suit against the university, as part of a larger set of lawsuits against the NCAA involving at least two other institutions, in failing to uphold Title IX regulations after she was allegedly sexually assaulted in March 2017.
Michigan State entered this weekend's NFL draft with the third-longest active streak of having at least one player selected, with a Spartan being drafted in each of the last 79 years.
When former Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio stepped down on Feb. 4, assistant coach Mike Tressel was appointed as interim head coach. There was talk that Tressel would remain there, at least for the 2020 season. While the search stretched on, there were players and fans calling for Harlon Barnett to return to the Spartans from Florida State and assume the head coaching role. Both Tressel and Barnett, head coaching candidates, came back to the Spartans, neither as head coach.
The State News Sports Roundtable meets for the last time for the spring semester as Eli McKown is joined by Paolo Giannandrea, Brendan Gumbel and Sara Tidwell to discuss their experiences as sports student journalists.
Five-star point guard Karim Mane, Michigan State men's basketball's top 2020 recruiting target, has declared for the NBA draft, ESPN reports.
Prior to this year and aside from high school basketball, I could count on my fingers how many women’s basketball games I had seen in my life. It’s a sad and embarrassing fact, but true, and I’m sure the typical sports fan may also be somewhere in that ballpark, especially if that sports fan is male.
No business in the United States is immune to the troubles brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, least of all the sports world. With sports being suspended for the foreseeable future, college athletic programs and professional teams have had to make adjustments to the way they do business. This has included pay cuts for high ranking executives such as the Los Angeles Lakers front office being asked to defer up to 20% of their salary for the time being, and colleges like the University of Cincinnati cutting their men's soccer program.
This year’s NFL draft will be anything but normal in the age of a global pandemic as the draft will be held virtually instead of on a large stage in front of fans. But it is expected that an MSU Spartan will be drafted for the 80th consecutive year. Here’s an outlook at some of the guys who might have their name called in this year’s virtual draft.
On this episode of the State News Sports Roundtable, Eli McKown is joined by Devin Anderson-Torrez to talk about Michigan State Football’s outlook for whenever the next season may be. They also discuss what the expectations should be regarding MSU football and when and how football and other sports may return.
Los Angeles Rams center and former Spartan Brian Allen has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.
“Even though it didn't go the way I thought I was going to go it went exactly the way God thought it was going to go.”
In a perfect world, spring football would already be well underway, the Spartans would be preparing for the spring game and the players and new coaching staff would’ve been bonding and developing in person. Instead, football meetings are being held over Zoom and players will have to wait for that first contact, but the adjustments haven't stopped them from trying to operate as normal as possible from home.
Over the last few weeks, with strict social distancing guidelines in place due to COVID-19, the Michigan State football staff has been participating in teleconferences with the media. Special Teams and Linebackers Coach Ross Els spoke with the media last Thursday and was asked if he had anyone in mind to be the punt or kick returners for next season.
This week on The State News Roundtable, host Eli McKown is joined by Sean Reider, Jayna Bardahl and Brendan Gumbel of The State News sports desk to discuss their NCAA bracket projections and name an ultimate champion.
Michigan State University football coach Mel Tucker received his first verbal commitment from three-star Oak Park, Michigan High School running back Davion Primm.
When Chris Kapilovic was tapped to be the new offensive line coach at Michigan State by Head Coach Mel Tucker this February, he was tasked with quite the challenge rebuilding an offensive line that was ranked 114th out of 130 offensive lines in the country by Pro Football Focus.
Michigan State women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant announced on Tuesday that center Kayla Belles will transfer to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.