According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, Deputy Athletic Director Alan Haller will be promoted to Athletic Director by the end of the week, replacing Bill Beekman.
Michigan State senior safety Xavier Henderson steps into leadership role as the defensive backs group brings in fresh faces.
For the first time, Michigan State athletes will be able to use Michigan State logos and other trademarks along with their name, image and likeness.
Michigan State Head Coach Mel Tucker addressed the absence of Ricky White and Michael Gravely, as well as a handful of position battles leading into their season opener against Northwestern.
The Alliance, in addition to future scheduling alignments, will have the Big Ten, ACC and Pac-12 work together on decision making on the future of college athletics.
Tucker’s sense of urgency has been on full display throughout the 2021 offseason after the Spartans finished a mediocre 2-5 in 2020. The roster was not up to his standards in terms of talent in his eyes, which prompted Tucker to bring in 34 new faces via the 2021 recruiting class and the transfer portal to infuse talent into the roster immediately.
Former MSU football staffer Curtis Blackwell II sued former football Head Coach Mark Dantonio, former MSU President Lou Anna Simon and former MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis in claiming violation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.
Geoff Martzen followed Mel Tucker to MSU after spending all of 2019 to February 2020 as the Football Director of Player Personnel for the Buffaloes.
After joining MSU in Feb. 2020, Tucker and his staff were handcuffed by the pandemic. They could not hold practice with the team over the summer and could not host recruits after Tucker’s first two weeks in East Lansing because of the pandemic recruiting dead period instituted by the NCAA. This is Tucker’s first chance to leave his imprint on the program outside of just leadership.
“I finally decided I'm just going to retire and I'm going to devote my attention to expanding awareness of Michigan State's leading role in college football integration because it's basically an unknown story,” MSU alumnus Tom Shanahan said. “And not even the university understands the magnitude of what these Duffy Daugherty teams of the 1960s meant to Michigan State and all of college football.”
Michigan State football showcased their fast paced, tempo oriented practice style and how it may be used this fall in their annual Spring Game.