ROCHESTER - In a 1-0 loss to Oakland University Wednesday, the MSU mens soccer team got a taste of international play without setting foot on Australian soil. Instead the Spartans (5-5) made their way across the state to Rochester to take on the Golden Grizzlies (6-3-1) - a team containing six European players.MSU head coach Joe Baum said Oakland recruits rather than settling for second rate in-state players.
Morris Petersons roots may be sunk in Michigan soil, but after signing a three-year contract for an undisclosed amount Monday with the Toronto Raptors, the former MSU basketball star can finally call Canada home.Peterson, the 21st pick in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft, signed for the maximum amount available for his pick, his agent Thad Foucher said.
One-hundred-thirty-two dollars may seem like a small fortune to some, but to history junior Kevin Selenich, its a tiny price to pay for Spartan basketball.With $132 in hand, Selenich went to the Student Alumni Foundation Monday night and for the second year, bought Izzone tickets; a package that includes courtside seating at all 14 home games, an Izzone T-shirt, membership to the foundation and several member benefits.Id pay twice as much for these tickets, he said.
Rather than speculate what went wrong Saturday against Northwestern, head coach Bobby Williams said hes moving on to more pressing matters, like preparing for the game at Iowa this weekend.In my mind, that game is done.
Maybe the only team that can beat MSU goalie Ryan Miller is MSU.The sophomore surrendered three goals in the Green and White intrasquad hockey game Saturday night, which the White team won 4-2.Miller set school records for goals against average (1.53) and saves percentage (.932) last year while totaling eight shutouts.
The honeymoon is over. After starting the season 3-0, MSU head football coach Bobby Williams suffered the first loss of his career, preventing him from becoming the first coach in school history to win the first four games of the season. Going 3-0 in his first season is still quite an accomplishment. The sports radio shows, magazines, Internet sites and newspapers - including this one - have finally begun to cease the constant comparisons and differences between him and former MSU coach and current Louisiana State leader Nick Saban. Some MSU fans havent. After a 37-17 clawing by the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, it was evident that there are some green and white faithful out there that are spoiled - spoiled from experiencing one of the greatest eras in Spartan athletics history last season.
Going into the fall season, womens tennis head coach Tim Bauer is remaining optimistic even though his team will face an uphill climb.After finishing 2-14 overall and 0-10 in the Big Ten last year, Bauer only has four scholarship players out of 15 total athletes this season.This is going to be a developmental year, Bauer said.