Tillman cited both his family and the uncertainties surrounding COVID-19 as small factors in his life-changing decision.
The postponement left several Spartans itching for the season, while some had already opted out due to concerns regarding COVID-19.
The decision comes after speculation from multiple media outlets that the conference would cancel following a 12-2 vote from Big Ten presidents. MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. was among those who voted not to play in the upcoming season.
Michigan State takes its first step in beginning the 2020 football season by starting fall camp Friday, Aug. 7.
Big Ten football student-athletes are asking for enhanced COVID-19 safety protocols as the NCAA sets more guidelines for fall sports.
After months of uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan State basketball has finally finalized its roster for the 2020-2021 season.
As a player, Tillman saw three Big Ten regular season titles, one Big Ten tournament title and a Final Four appearance during his time at MSU.
“When you take a white wrestler, it’s like ‘this guy is a hard worker, he has determination, his technique is really good,’” wrestler Cameron Caffey said. “Then you take a black athlete and they say, ‘Oh yeah, he’s strong, he’s fast, he’s powerful, he’s explosive.’ It’s just little overt things like that that are kind of bias.”
2022 five-star center Enoch Boakye announced his commitment to Michigan State on Instagram Live, joining Emoni Bates in MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo’s 2022 recruiting class.
Michigan State announces 16 new student-athlete COVID-19 cases and four new staff member cases after a new round of testing last week.
MSU football will not be able to take the field for two weeks after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.
Michigan State football announced late Wednesday that the program would be pausing their workouts after one staff member had tested positive for COVID-19.
The Michigan State Athletic Department has announced temporary pay cuts for any staff member making $100,000 or greater for the next year. In addition, MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman will be taking a 10% pay cut, along with head men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo and head football coach Mel Tucker each taking a 7% pay cut.