Sunday, April 21, 2024

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Sophomore sensation gives football fans hope

The spring sun is shining over East Lansing, a damp scent is in the air and the vacancy of the MSU football training facilities has been replaced once again by the sound of pads colliding with pads. The cut-and-dry personalities of MSU's winter sports coaches Tom Izzo and Rick Comley have been replaced by the entertaining, wacky psyche of John L.

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Spring in the air means time for football

Spring is about change and that is what the MSU football team will be undergoing as it enters spring practice today. A number of changes grace the depth chart, led by junior Sir Darean Adams moving from bandit to backup free safety and junior Cole Corey moving into the starting bandit position. "I'm really excited about the competition we're going to have at most of the positions," MSU head coach John L.

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Enos back in E.L. as QB coach

Former MSU quarterback Dan Enos is returning to the football team after being named the new quarterbacks coach Thursday, filling the vacancy created when Doug Nussmeier left to join the NFL's St.

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Smith nabs verbal from Fla. lineman

A week after securing one of the top cornerbacks in Florida, the MSU football team again reached into the talent-rich state to land another recruit before today's National Signing Day. Abre Leggins, a three-star lineman from Maynard Evans High School in Orlando, Fla., verbally committed to MSU on Monday.

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Big game cashes in big bucks as popularity of gambling rises

This year's Super Bowl in Detroit is Super Bowl XL, and if you plan on attending the game, your wallet better be XL, too. That's because the price of a ticket to attend the 60-minute football game can run into the thousands of dollars. The NFL offers a 1,000-ticket drawing to the public, and the winners get the opportunity to purchase a ticket for the Feb.

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Mich. native gives verbal

The MSU football team added an in-state pass rusher when Jonathan Misch, of Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory, verbally committed to the Spartans on Monday morning. Misch, who flew under the recruiting radar, is undersized for a defensive end at 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds, but he compensates with a high energy level and great potential. "I have a high motor," he said.

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Jackson tabbed as defensive line coach

The MSU football team added Derrick Jackson to its coaching staff as the defensive line coach. Jackson, known for his recruiting efforts, joins MSU from Northern Illinois, where he served as the defensive interior line coach, helping the Huskies rank second in the MAC in scoring defense in 2005. Prior to Northern Illinois, he spent two years as defensive line coach at Eastern Illinois and two years coaching defensive ends at the U.S.

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Smith: 'We're making progress'

Following Saturday's 31-22 loss against Penn State, the Spartans trotted off the field while watching the Nittany Lions celebrate a Big Ten championship on the turf of Spartan Stadium. After a perfect 4-0 start slipped away, the Spartans finished at a 5-6 mark — giving them a sub-.500 record and bowl absence for the second consecutive season. Still, MSU head coach John L.

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Nittany Lions clinch Big Ten title with win

Senior offensive guard Gordon Niebylski just stood there, bewildered, tears welling up. He didn't want to leave. But he had to. He was surrounded by blue and white, as Penn State had just clinched a share of the Big Ten title. As he was heading into the tunnel, Niebylski turned around to give the field one last look before walking down the tunnel one last time.

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For Penn State, a perfect ending

After the final seconds ticked away in Saturday's contest at Spartan Stadium, Penn State's players summed up years of commitment and determination by euphorically running over to the numerous fans that traveled to watch them clinch a Big Ten Championship and BCS bowl bid. "Guys were just celebrating, carrying the Big Ten Championship thing around," Nittany Lions quarterback Michael Robinson said.