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NC$$ Investigating TRANSFER Rule Changes
Sep 6th, 2017 by USMC Retired

It seems that the latest brainstorm from the suits who ‘control’ College Athletics is to do away with the mandatory year off at D1 Schools as long as the transferring student meets some to be determined GPA standards.

 

Tzar ToJo is also perusing the idea of NOT making Athletes ask for permission to speak to other schools about transferring (if one does that now, and transfers, one cannot be on scholarship the 1st year)

Here is the link to the article that got my undies in a wad.

 

Chaos will ensue (IMHO): what say you, TUS?

MSU versus Bowling Green – Game Thread
Sep 2nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Michigan State takes on Bowling Green in College Football at 1PM (EDT).

The level of energy on TUS is about the lowest ever.  The fact that pre-game reports, prognostication and, analysis are absent are solid indicators.

With a litany of question marks following a stupefying 2016 season, MSU Football under the Dantonio Administration is in what seems to be un-chartered territory.

Give us your prediction for today’s game.

 

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 msuspartans.com 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 msuspartans.com 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.
Thoughts?

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!
MSU Takes 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship Title – Spartan Will at its Finest
Apr 23rd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Like a well trained, well equipped, motivated, and organized force;  the Michigan State Women’s Golf Team decided the 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship was their prize to capture. To those who were desiring of holding off MSU – our sincerest condolences.  Oh, and the truck you believe just hit you? It looked to be the color Green – more specifically WEB Color: 18453B.

2017 MSU Women’s Golf Team. Yes, they are smiling. The reason? They know (as do many opponents) that after three rounds they are likely taking a title home with them.

MSU blitzed the competition in the 3rd and Final Round of play to claim the victory at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.  The Spartans overcame #12 Northwestern’s 4 stroke lead at the start of the day and beat them by 2 strokes overall – finishing the tournament at + 2 PAR (866) to the Wildcats +4 (868).

The reward – a sixth B1G Championship for Head Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll and a trip (for the entire team) to the NCAA Regional Championships.

For the Tournament MSU’s Sarah Burnham (JR) placed 2nd at -5 PAR (211), Allyson Geer (F) finished 4th EVEN PAR (216), Katie Sharp (RS JR) placed (T) 5th at +2 PAR (218), Carolyn Markley (SO) and Paz Marfa (F) placed (T) 25th at +12 PAR (228) and Logan Otter (RS F) finished at +21 PAR (T) 53rd.

Similar to its taking the title of the Buckeye Classic last weekend MSU overcame a national power (Texas last week and Northwestern this week) after spotting the competition a first round lead.

For the 2017 B1G Championship MSU wore down Northwestern’s 10 stroke lead after round 1 in two distinctly different manners.  On Saturday MSU’s Burnham scorched the PAR 72 course with a  B1G Championship and MSU all-time individual round low (-9 PAR 63).  On Sunday the entire MSU squad was the total difference.  MSU adhered to the adage play-the-course-not-the-competition.  Geer, Sharp, Markely shot under PAR final rounds and Otter shot +1 PAR. Burham shot a +3 PAR and Marfa shot a +4 PAR.  Meanwhile Northwestern seemed to do the opposite and faded in the final day as four players shot +5 to +12 PAR for the round.

Michigan’s Elodie Van Dievoet shot a -2 PAR for the final round (-6 210 overall) to claim the individual title by one stroke over Burnham.  It is the second week in a row Burnham placed 2nd in the individual scoring to pace the squad in its title grabbing venture.  Burnham was the B1G Golfer of the Week last week and given her unprecedented round on Saturday will likely receive similar recognition this week.

As for Slobodnik-Stoll it is another B1G Title in a stellar career.  The former MSU player in 20 coaching seasons has led MSU to six B1G Titles, and with today’s victory 18 NCAA Regional appearances.

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, alongside her mentor and former MSU women’s golf coach, Mary Fossum. With today’s title, the two have combined to win 12 Big Ten Championships.

 

Spartan Surge – 2018 Women’s B1G Golf Championship: Round 2
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Spartan Sarah Burnham (JR) shot a scintillating -9 PAR 63 on Saturday to lead a surging MSU at the 2017 the B1G women’s Golf Championships on the TPC River’s Bend course in Maineville Ohio.  Burnham’s 2nd round result is the lowest single round score in B1G Women’s Championship and MSU team history. After two rounds Sarah sits at -8 PAR (136) which provides her with a 4 shot lead over Elodie Van Dievoet of Michigan and Emie Peronnin of Minnesota heading into Sunday’s Final Round.

MSU shot a combined -5 PAR (283) to vault into 2nd place behind #12 Northwestern who retained its 1st place standing by shooting a combined -3 PAR (285). The Spartans and Wildcats have three players each in the Top 10 Leader-board heading into the 3rd Round.  The Spartans (+5 PAR) are 8 strokes behind the Wildcats (-3 PAR).

Burnham was not the only Spartan to experience good fortune on Saturday as five of the six team members equaled or improved on their results from Friday’s opening round.  Freshman, and the state of Michigan’s perennial top female amateur golfer; Allyson Geer replicated Friday’s score and stands in 9th place overall.  RS Sophomore Katie Sharp improved three strokes from Friday’s round to shoot an EVEN PAR (72).  Sharp stands in 10 place overall.  Paz Marfa, the Freshman from Barcelona, Spain is in 21st.  Sophomore Carolyn Markley, who hails from the host city of the tournament is in 41st place and RS Freshman Logan Otter improved six strokes from Friday’s round and is in 75th place.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

Round 1 Recap is located [here].

Are the Other Shoes Starting to Drop?
Apr 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Wait for the other shoe to drop

Etymology
A common experience of tenement living in apartment-style housing in New York City, and other large cities, during the manufacturing boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Apartments were built, similar in design, with the bedrooms located directly above and underneath one another. Thus, it was normal to hear a neighbor removing their shoes in the apartment above. As one shoe made a sound hitting the floor, the expectation for the other shoe to make a similar disturbance was created.

Verb

(idiomatic) To defer action or decision until another matter is finished or resolved.
(idiomatic) To await a seemingly inevitable event, especially one that is not desirable.

Source: Wikidictionary

Auston Robertson a sophomore Defensive Lineman for the Michigan State University football program has been charged with sexual criminal misconduct.  The charges were filed this morning by Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon. The official charge is third-degree criminal sexual conduct.  A third-degree charge relates to alleged non-consensual sexual penetration with force or coercion, the victim being incapacitated or other factors.  The court record states that Roberton’s charge involves force or coercion.  The story as reported in the Free-Press is [here].

First, Roberston has been charged and he is innocent until proven guilty.  However, this is not Roberston’s first run-in with the law for similar type of conduct.

The result in the earlier case: Robertson participated and successfully completed a court mandated Diversionary Program.  Do Diversionary Programs create and document Alternate Facts?

Seems like more and more athletes are benefiting from this newly named type of extra-curriculum. For example, Kansas Jayhawk Josh Jackson is getting the honor to participate in a Diversionary Program before NBA Draft day.

The filing against Robertson is the first of possibly four to be made against MSU football players.  The other three are from a separate incident.  Should we expect the other shoes to begin dropping?

Day Trip to AA x 2
Apr 18th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The softball and baseball teams from Michigan State University travel 63 miles to the southeast to Ann Arbor, Michigan today to take on the Wolverines of the University of Michigan.

Both games are scheduled to start at 6PM.  Both games will be streamed live on BTNPlus and BTNToGo.  According to MSU and BTN, the softball game is scheduled to be telecast on BTN.  Note:  Yesterday DirecTV noted a “New” program change and listed the baseball game as being on BTN. Either way we will see MSU at UofM.

Both UofM squads are nationally ranked.  Technically, today’s baseball game is a extra scheduled contest and considered a non-conference game.

Softball preview is [here].

Baseball preview is [here].

 

Uncommon
Apr 14th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

un·com·mon
ˌənˈkämən adjective
  1. out of the ordinary; unusual.
    “lack of self-awareness is not uncommon for a person under the age of 19.”

It appears that Miles Bridges an 18 year-old student at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan is uncommon for an individual with his skill-set.

While most college-students are seeking to identify their career-path, Bridges appears to have a pretty good idea of what will be his first professional occupation.  People who make hiring decisions for employment in Bridges likely field of work, indicate Miles is ready for the next step.  People who would benefit financially (directly and indirectly) from Bridges seeking professional employment in the near-team (aka this month) also like the idea of Miles leaving school and securing that first paycheck.

As a matter of public-record, Miles has determined he likes college, and college life at Michigan State University. Bridges would like to enjoy this time of his life and not rush into his professional career.  Miles also thinks he can materially improve upon the skills needed for his professional career by staying in college.  Miles also wants to be a contributor – if not the leader – in adding to the legacy of his University in a positive manner.

Yes, we all know about the downsides of the choices Miles has made including all the negative blather generated by Media Talking Heads.  Hey, it is possible Miles could be the recipient of a MOAB bomb courtesy of the U.S. military.

However, if the choices Miles has made recently come to full fruition the implication is he will improve his skill set, gain additional mental preparation for post-college life, be recognized as a National Champion, be one the first five persons hired in his chosen professional, double his starting salary (e.g., selected #10 – #18 in 2017 versus #1-#5 in 2018), and best of all enjoy what Michigan State University offers – establishing life long friends, additional education on a variety of fronts, and possibly experiencing a couch burning.

MSU Hockey: Let the Healing Begin
Mar 21st, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Coach A has stepped down.  Read it [here].  It has been a long and painful six seasons.  As a point of reference MSU has the least amount of wins of any D1 school during the same period of time.

So where does MSU Hockey go next?  If you were adviser to MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis what would your three key points for him to consider?

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