Hungry For News–Finally A New Thread–Gymnastics and more
Jun 27th, 2017 by Kindle

Mike Rowe has spent the last three seasons as assistant coach at his alma mater, joining the coaching staff in 2014.

June 26, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced Monday the hiring of Mike Rowe as the new head gymnastics coach, effective July 1, 2017. Rowe, a Spartan graduate who has spent the last three seasons as assistant coach, was named interim head coach in February.

“As in all hires, doing what is in the best interest of the student-athletes is our top priority,” Hollis said. “In this case, that meant listening to the student-athletes and doing what was in the best interest for the program. In his stint as interim coach, Mike Rowe has guided our gymnasts to success academically, athletically and socially. They’ve shown great enthusiasm for Coach Rowe. Mike is a Spartan alum with tremendous passion for his alma mater. He does everything with the best interest of Spartan student-athletes in mind.”  Full story HERE.


Twitter world>>>>>>>>>>

MSU fans: are you allowing yourself to move on? To get excited for football season? Or is it still a bit tempered?

Responses to this tweet: about 50/50. Half are ready to put this off-season behind them. Half feel subdued/restrained. Both understandable.


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Ask again when we are a month out. My guess is most fans will be ready for football by then. Still too close to the 3 dismissals/charges.


43 years ago today: Supreme Court rules conferences can negotiate their own contracts, leading to more than 100 additional CFB games on TV.

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Actually, it was 33 years ago.

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I remember the days well when there was 1, maybe 2 CFB games on each Saturday. Yes, I am old.


Three franchise players – K. Cousins, L. Bell, Trumaine Johnson – have until July 17 to work out long-term deals:



Predicting the College GameDay sites for 2017.


Baseball:  Is a Yankee rookie changing the game?

A Brief on Vayante Copeland, and Links to a Few Other Pieces of Spartan Football News
Jun 14th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

Copeland was a four-star recruit who appeared on his way to joining Trae Waynes as a No-Fly-Zone worthy before a neck injury ended his debut season in the second game (Oregon, 2015).   Last year he played in MSU’s first two games, then started the next seven games before a different injury ended his sophomore season.   In 2016 he averaged about as many defensive production points as Darian Hicks (and generated more, per start, than Demetrious Cox), and would have ranked third in 2016 production points among all returning Spartan defenders (behind LBs Chris Frey and Andrew Dowell) if he were able to play in 2017.   While I do not know how production points are earned, I do know that Copeland defended three passes and made 36 tackles last year.

Connecting dots presented in this article strongly suggest the reason for Copeland’s release:

The only Spartan cornerbacks on scholarship who played in the Spring Game and are still on the team are Justin Layne (technically a WR); T.J. Harrell.(a converted linebacker); and Josiah Scott (who might not be old enough to vote).   I imagine the several DB losses will force Layne’s designation as a full-time CB.

(Sidebar: DE Demetrius Cooper and safety Khari Willis tied for 10th place in 2016 production points.   They are the only other returning defenders that were in the top 11.)

Copeland’s absence from MSU’s summer roster prompted reporters to ask Mark Dantonio about him yesterday.   Here is the roster (numerical order only):

Separately, USMC Retired shared a link late in the previous thread that suggests why Cassius Peat is not able to play in East Lansing — at least for this fall:

Finally, there is Spartan uniform news!

MSU’s Donnie Corley, Josh King, Demetric Vance charged with sexual assault
Jun 6th, 2017 by Kindle

Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance (MLive file photos)

By Kyle Austin/mlive at 9:50AM June 6, 2017, updated June 06, 2017 at 10:06 AM

EAST LANSING — Michigan State football players Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance are all facing charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Arrest warrants for third degree criminal sexual conduct for all three were issued on Tuesday morning in 54-B District Court in East Lansing, following a hearing in front of Judge Richard D. Ball. Michigan State University police officer Chad Davis provided testimony.

Third degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

King is also charged with a second count of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person.

The charges stem from an alleged Jan. 16 incident in an on-campus apartment, and come after a four-month investigation by the Michigan State University Police.

The identities of the three players were kept secret throughout the investigation, and weren’t revealed until charges were issued on Tuesday morning.

Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon announced on Monday that her office had decided to authorize the charges.

The three players are currently suspended from the team and have been removed from university housing. A Michigan State spokesperson said on Monday afternoon that “the athletics department will address the situation once charges are issued.”

The criminal investigation is the second to find wrongdoing on the part of the three players. A Title IX investigation completed last month found that the three players violated Michigan State’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy.

The Title IX report was forwarded to the school’s student conduct office, which will levy a punishment on the three players.

The prosecutor also announced on Monday that it would not seek charges in a fourth warrant request against a former member of the Michigan State football staff. That charge was for a non-sexual crime.

That member is believed to be Curtis Blackwell, who was suspended on Feb. 9 and did not have his contract renewed when it expired on May 31. An external investigation commissioned by Michigan State found that Blackwell violated university policy when he spoke with Corley, King and Vance and didn’t report what he learned to police or the school.

In total, four Michigan State players have now been charged with sexual assault this offseason. Auston Robertson, a former defensive end, was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct in April, after it’s alleged he followed a woman into her apartment and assaulted her her. Robertson is free on bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for later this month in 55th District Court.

Corley came to East Lansing as a celebrated four-star wide receiver, after leading Detroit King to a state championship in 2015.

He played in all 12 games as a true freshman, and was one of only two to play in the team’s season opener. He finished second on the team in receiving yards, with 453, plus third in catches with 33 and third in touchdowns with three.

He also added defensive duties partway through the season, debuting as a cornerback against Michigan. He also had brief duties as a return man.

As a sophomore, Corley is slated to be the team’s leading returning wide receiver and the most dynamic member of a young but talented group.

King was another one of nine true freshmen to play for the Spartans in 2016. He made his debut in the third game of the year, against Wisconsin, and finished with nine games under his belt, including two starts at defensive end late in the year.

The highest-rated prospect of the program’s 2016 recruiting class, King recorded 10 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in 2016. He is expected to compete for a starting job this fall.

Vance came to Michigan State from Cass Tech as a four-star recruit in the school’s 2016 recruiting class. He redshirted in his true freshman season.


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Vance, King and Corley have been dismissed from the Michigan State football program by Coach Dantonio.


Colorado Brewery Release Honors Mike Sadler Today
Jun 2nd, 2017 by Kindle

The beer label is pictured above. (Photo: Jagged Mountain Brewery)

As most MSU fans know by now, and has been discussed here, Jagged Mountain Brewery in Denver, co-owned by MSU alum RJ Banat, created a craft beer called “Hey Diddle Diddle” that is named after one of Mike Sadler’s most famous trick plays from his time as a Spartan. The wheat ale debuted last night at the Colorado Spartan Social and the brewery – located a few blocks from Coors Field – is having its official release party today, June 2nd.

“Based on everything I know about Mike – a super-funny, witty guy – I think it’s just awesome to have a beer in his name,” said Banat, a Sterling Heights native who graduated from MSU in 1997. “It’s been fun, it’s been a great time. And we feel very privileged and honored to be the guys who were asked to do this.”


Tonight’s the night! We finally get to taste ‘s “Hey Diddle Diddle” honoring at the .

Spartans from the Front Range and beyond celebrated Spartan spirit and generosity in support of the MSU Rocky Mountain Alumni Club and the Michael Sadler Foundation.  The evening included food, refreshments, live music, a silent auction of MSU sports memorabilia and a program featuring former MSU Football players, current NFL players, and other notable Spartans.
6:00pm – VIP Reception
7:00pm – Doors open for general admission ticket holders, silent auction opens
7:45pm – Program begins
9:00pm – Silent auction closes
9:45pm(ish) – Program ends, silent auction check-out

Former Spartans Taybor Pepper, Bennie Fowler, Conner Kruse, Blake Treadwell, Coach Staten and Executive Director of Admissions, Jim Cotter, were among those in attendance.

Nathaniel Bolt of reported that a number of people were visibly emotional when they talked about the heart of Mike Sadler. People who knew him and did not know him alike.  “His effect was so powerful the brewmaster of “Hey Diddle Diddle”, who never met Mike, brought half the event to tears with his speech.”


  • Just spoke with former lineman Blake Treadwell. his favorite memory of Mike — talking about life after football…fittingly over a beer.
  • One of the main games here is “Heads or Tails” — everyone who made a $10 donation at the door gets to participate.  A commemorative Sadler/Fultz coin is flipped. Players select heads or tails until only one person remains. Winner takes home the coin.
  • Main event here is the silent auction. Items such as a Tom Izzo signed basketball and Mark Dantonio signed jersey up for bid.
  • Autographed memorabilia from Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine, and many others up for bid as well.
  • Bennie Fowler and Darqueze Dennard both commit to giving $2500 to the Colorado Spartans and Michael Sadler Foundation.
  • Lots of others ranging from $1000, $500, $250 and a large amount of $100 donations.
  • Mark Staten puts a signed B1G championship ball, his own sideline passes and tickets. Goes for $600.  The winner received a long snap from Taybor Pepper that went a little too high. His response: “Now you know what Mike had to deal with.”  Taybor Pepper’s mother Donna Pepper, “These are the things hardest for me…we always assumed Sadler would be a part of these “reunions” for years to come. Breaks my heart.”
  • Fun thing happen[ed] as Mark Staten takes podium [and says] former players here will get quizzed on old plays to see if they remember the playbook.
  • Video montage: Most of the clips from B1G championship against OSU and Rose Bowl. Players and crowd having a great time interacting with one another.

Taybor Pepper, long-snapper on the famous play samples the brew.


The Michael Sadler Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. Any gift to the foundation is tax-deductible.

The Michael Sadler Foundation exists to develop programs and awards that emphasize the values Michael embraced: academic excellence, athletic achievement, leadership and character strength.

UPDATED 2017 Spartan Football Schedule
May 31st, 2017 by Kindle

MSU was scheduled to play Bowling Green on Sept. 9 and Western Michigan on Sept. 16. They will now host BGU on Sept. 2 and WMU on Sept. 9. The 2017 bye is now set for Sept. 16.


Games in bold are home games in the grand covfefe of such things.

Sept. 16: Bye
Sept. 23: NOTRE DAME–Fox
Sept. 30: IOWA

Oct. 7: at Michigan
Oct. 14: at Minnesota
Oct. 21: INDIANA (Homecoming)
Oct. 28: at Northwestern–ESPN/ESPN2
Nov. 11: at Ohio State
Nov. 25: at Rutgers

Note: The official MSU site lists the Northwestern game as Oct. 27th, a Friday, while all other reporting sites, including the Wildcats’ official site, list the game as being on Saturday Oct. 28th.  I went with October 28th for my schedule list above.

**The Spartans will open the 2017 season with four consecutive home games for the first time since 2002 and for only the fifth time in school history (1918: 5 straight, 1924: 4, 1928: 5, 2002: 5; 2017: 4).

**Michigan State will play a total of seven home games in 2017, including three non-conference contests (Bowling Green, Western Michigan, Notre Dame) and four Big Ten games (Iowa, Indiana, Penn State, Maryland).


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 First time in a long time that MSU won’t play on the Friday night of Labor Day weekend.

Michigan State’s football opener vs. Bowling Green is set for noon on Saturday, Sept. 2 on ESPNU. Appears no Friday night opener this year.
Bradshaw slams Sabin
May 25th, 2017 by USMC Retired

As a four-time Super Bowl champion, you’d think Terry Bradshaw could appreciate a proven winner like Nick Saban.

Apparently not.

Bradshaw, in a segment on the “Paul Finebaum Show,” called Saban’s salary for the 2017 season “shameful” and even took some further shots at the Alabama football coach.

“If he has the personality of Steve Spurrier, then I would like him,” Bradshaw said. “Spurrier, now you’re talking about a great coach. That’s a great coach, Steve Spurrier, not Saban.

“Saban hates people. The man doesn’t even like people.”

Saban surely hates losing.

He’s won five college football national titles, and signed a contract extension this offseason that makes him the highest paid coach in sports. He’ll make $11.15 million for 2017, thanks in part to a $4 million signing bonus.


Just not sure this is either appropriate or understandable (but then Bradshaw has always liked being the lightening rod)

“Let them eat cake…” MSU golfers are not elite, yet.
May 22nd, 2017 by JustABum

After the second round Coach Stolls was quoted as saying, “Well, perhaps Ms. McFly will have cake waiting for us when we return to East Lansing…”

The second round performance of the Lady Spartan Golf team was not among the elite. The Spartan Gals play suggest there’s no match play, no cake in MSU’s future or when they return to E.L. on Tuesday. Our Spartans dealt with similar conditions as the first round, excluding warmer weather and no rain, only to shot their same score (+29) as the first round. Thank goodness the Lady Skunk Bears also didn’t managed to improve upon their first round score and are within striking distance at four shots, if that’s any consolation.

What made MSUs second round such a dismal performance was the rest of the fields’ improved play. Most teams outside the top five shot ten to 15 strokes better than Friday’s round. The traditional dominant Southern and West Coast programs took advantage of the slightly better conditions and familiarity of Harvest Links to move up the score board… except teams who are MSU’s playing partners – Clemson and Oregon advanced a few places but trail MSU – Clemson by just one stroke and Oregon by more than I can count. It appears the leaders, the purple kitties, (USMC TM), have played more than a few practice rounds on this course to lead the stroke play by a large margin of eight shots. NORTHWESTERN, SMH!

On a separate note, the best individual player scores included an Irish golfer Leona Maguire (Duke) from County Cavan. Olivia Mehaffey is a Northern Irish golfer who played in the 2014 Irish Women’s Close at my club, Enniscrone, where Olivia beat a friend of mine, Sarah Helly, in the quarter finals. Mehaffey is a long ball hitter who’s short game was a bit inconsistent and that may be reflected in here scores of 79 & 80 (T66).  Harvest Links is set up at 6,350 yards, a normal length for the ladies. What makes the venue tough are tight fairways,  trees and wind making accuracy off the tee and a short game a premium that exposes Olivia’s short comings.

Did our gals find starting on the more difficult back nine Sunday tough a footing to climb up the leaderboard, or was the pairing with two other day one victims uninspiring?  Can our Spartans improve their performance today, or will this NCAA final be a reminder of what could have been? I certainly hope these gals don’t return home in their golf bags.

Watch the NCAA Women’s Golf streaming:




Just when you thought you heard all the bad MSU football news.
May 19th, 2017 by JustABum

Tyson Smith tweeted he suffered a stroke last season, which explains why he didn’t dress for the last three games of the 2016 season. For Tyson to text about his stroke is the silver lining to a season we prefer to forget. Five months later we are still getting reminders of 2016 – “3-9” season. The bad news keeps coming like a drip from a leaky faucet.

How many DIV 1 teams experience a season filled with tragedy of current and former players? How any team can overcome multiple life and death situations so close to home and play good football is beyond me. Just the distraction and heartfelt losses of Mike Sadler’s and Mylan Hicks’s passing must have lingered throughout the year in the locker room, among the staff and with the upperclassmen.

Now, us fans are becoming aware of the number of serious undisclosed injuries. The late news sheds light on why things went so wrong and contributed to an epic fall. Bullough’s broken scapula, Frey’s injuries, LJ’s shoulders were undisclosed and for good reason. You can read about Tyson Smith here:

He is so fortunate to be … here, alive, texting and part of the program. Not many young men who suffer strokes are still around, depending on the kind of stroke. The story does not disclose what type of stroke Tyson suffered, but does it really matter when your teammate experiences something that is supposed to happen to old folks?

Unfortunately, we still await to hear more bad news. What will be the outcome of the January 15th sexual assault allegations. Will it lead to charges being filed and the fate of the three suspended players, as well as Curtis Blackwell’s future with the MSU football program.

Besides Marshall’s 1970’s disaster, i am not sure there are many programs who experienced more adversity.

And Now for something completely different. How about the Lady Spartan Golf Team? The NCAA’s will be played at Rich Farms west of Chicago. The course is praised for it’s unique and challenging design.

Coach Stoll’s team’s lower ranking may mean the Lady Spartans will be paired with the top ranked teams of Bama or USC. Bama also played at the Athens regional, so familiarity may help MSU’s frosh. We may learn the pairings Sunday or before they tee off on Monday. Hit’em straight and roll’em on line with pace Ladies.

And, more good news; Boss’s … boys beat no. 15 UM yesterday! MSU won the first of the three game B1G Tourney series.

Let’s hope MBB can beat the skunk bears one more time and advance.

Spartan Sports Updates for mid-May, 2017
May 15th, 2017 by 89 Chemistry

ITEM:  MSU Men’s Golf has teed off in its second consecutive NCAA Regional.   A preview is here, and the leaderboard (which will be occasionally updated) is here:


ITEM:  MSU Track had its best day of the B1G Championships Meet yesterday.   Quoting (with minor editing) from the release:

“Sophomore Justine Kiprotich captured the first gold medal of the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championship by winning the men’s 1,500m.   Kiprotich won his first career Big Ten title with a time of 3:48.72.   He was just shy of his personal best time of 3:42.36 at the Virginia Challenge in April.   The sophomore was a runner-up last season.

“’Justine has turned into one of the best milers in the region, and clearly has a chance to be an NCAA finalist,’  said MSU Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Walt Drenth.   ‘To be a Big Ten champion as a sophomore is amazing.   I am seeing a guy really maturing.   He has a good race savvy.   He made a bold move with about 500 or 600 meters to go to get into running position.   When he got to the front with a little over 200 meters to go, he just powered away from the field.'”

…   “Senior Sherod Hardt had a solid showing in his final Big Ten Championship, finishing third in the men’s 5,000m.   Hardt clocked in with a time of 14:25.10.”

…   “’One of the hallmarks of a really good team is to be good at the end of the meet, in the 4×400 and the 5,000, it is a long weekend.   Some kids have doubled and some kids have waited their turn, but you still have to be mentally tough.   I was really pleased with how Sherod battled through the whole race.   He ran a tough race from start to finish,” Drenth said.'”

NCAA First Round participants will be announced on Thursday.


ITEM:  The newest version of Ralph Young Field — upon which MSU Field Hockey plays — is now being prepared.


ITEM:  MSU Softball was the best B1G team left out of the NCAA Tournament field.   It therefore was the B1G’s automatic qualifier for the inaugural National Invitational Softball Championships (analogous to the NIT, but with 48 teams).   The opening rounds are double-elimination in four-team regionals; MSU plays Murray State tomorrow at 5 PM ET and will play at least once on Wednesday.   The Region 3 winner will advance to a six-team Finals that will begin on Sunday.   The story is linked here.


ITEM:  The first and second MSU Rowing Varsity Fours both finished fourth in the B1G Championships yesterday.   The NCAA field will be announced late tomorrow afternoon.


ITEM:  MSU Baseball will play at CMU tomorrow [4:05 PM ET] and begin a series at Michigan on Thursday.   Those three games will conclude MSU’s regular season.


ITEM:  The NCAA Women’s Golf National Championships begin Friday.


Go Green!

Can the Remarkable Run Continue?: MSU Softball 2017 BTT
May 13th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The Michigan State Softball team is playing at a level not seen in East Lansing in well over a decade; 13 years in fact.  In 2004 MSU and Head Coach Jacquie Joseph were considered one of the top programs in the B1G Conference if not the region.  In 2004 MSU would win the BTT and advance to the NCAA Regionals.  The advance to the NCAA Regionals would be MSU’s 4th in Joseph’s 10 years on the Job.  MSU Athletics could walk with their head held high because it had big-time coaches in Izzo, Slobodnik, and Joseph – all making a run on the field of play with little noise off it.  Joseph’s record in this period was a bit up-and-down from season to season, but a 40+ win records were common.

And then things changed.  Starting in 2008 the magic seemed to disappear and until this season MSU did not finish with a winning record. There is quite a bit that could be discussed as for the reasons.  But that would be wasted energy.  Why?  The 2017 team sits at 33-21, is playing in the BTT Semi Final and looks like a team that can stick together when the going gets tough.  If the last month is an indication, MSU fans should like the odds of its team beating two higher ranked opponents and taking the BTT crown.  Before tak8ing the first two games of the BTT, MSU won its last three B1G series match ups – including its next opponent Ohio State.  Can MSU do the unthinkable and beat tOSU and then send B1G Softball Titan Minnesota home as well?

Similar to the Women’s Golf team, the Softball team is playing terrific ball but not appearing to be anywhere over its head.

BTT Semi Final  #1 Minnesota versus #4 Illinois: 1:00 PM (EDT) BTN.

BTT Semi Final  #3 Ohio State versus #7 MSU: 3:30 PM (EDT) BTN.

BTT Final  #1/#4 Winner versus #3/#7 Winner: 6:00 PM (EDT) BTN.

  • Jeff’s Worthless Trivia and Other Thoughts
  • Coach Joseph says this his her best offensive team ever.  MSU has only one (of its 11 available position players on the roster) batting under .270.  Seven are batting over .300.  Five of those players have hit 8 or more HR’s in 40+ games played this season.
  • MSU does have a wonderful offense.  However, I am more impressed that part of the offensive skill-set includes earning walks and not swinging and bad pitches.  I think we won the last two in great part because of discipline at the plate.
  • MSU took 2 out of 3 from OSU, was swept by Illinois 0-3, and did not play Minnesota.
  • In the UofM game Joseph has 3B Kaitlyn Eveland pull up so close (for the possible bunt) it looked like she was practically in the batters box.  The skunkbears chose not to bunt, but instead tried to slap in right-into Eveland face.  Brutal!
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