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In Dantonio I Trust (IDIT): This time with meaning
Feb 28th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Members of The Usual Suspects have a history of applying the In [place name here] I Trust (I[]IT) in great volume.

I have made fun of membership about the liberal nature of the application – especially when there is a reasoned case for challenging a Head Coach being put forth – usually by a Bum or persons hailing from New Jersey while sitting in airports.

Michigan State University (MSU), its athletics department, and its football program are in the middle of multiple Sh#t-storms for the actions of staff and players.  As ATLSpartan noted in a comment on the previous Post, Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio issued the following statement as reported in the Detroit Free Press:

“With spring practice beginning last weekend and preparation for a new season underway, I feel it’s important to reinforce the core values and beliefs that have built and defined this program during my time at MSU,” Dantonio said. “Since arriving here 11 years ago, my passion has been to lead a program that fosters a culture of integrity, respect and accountability, both on and off the field. That will never change. I have high standards for the program and expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University. Our goal is to develop young men of character who graduate and make a positive impact on society.”

Many could argue the statement above is a calculated piece of drivel generated by Mitigation Consultants (e.g., Dewey, Chetum, & Howe).  I might agree to a large fractional percent the skeptics are correct.  I also believe that the multiple Sh#t-storms are going to hurt if not ruin a number of careers – possibly rightly so.

However, I also believe, with all his human frailty, Mark Dantonio is the author of the statement above (in spirit or in fact), and is the person I want and trust to be at the helm of MSU football – IDIT.

Grit and a Few Surprises in MSU Comeback
Dec 28th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

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Alvin Ellis III scores career high 20 against the Gophers

TUS contacted our Compliance Officer for comment about college basketball; “the game is 40 minutes in length in regulation, and five for each Overtime Period.”

Well there you have it.

What are the 3 things you learned from last night’s MSU @ Minnesota Men’s Basketball Game?

2017 College HOF Ballot Includes 3 Spartans and a Former Coach
Jun 1st, 2016 by Kindle

Morton Andersen earned first-team All-America honors as a senior, from The Sporting News, United Press International and Walter Camp.

Three former Michigan State All-Americans – placekicker Morten Andersen, wide receiver Kirk Gibson and running back Lorenzo White – along with former Spartan head coach Darryl Rogers are featured on the National Football Foundation’s 2017 (Football Bowl Subdivision) ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Michigan State has eight former players and four former coaches (Clarence “Biggie” Munn, Charles Bachman, Duffy Daugherty, Frank “Muddy” Waters) already enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. In December 2015, former two-time All-America running back Clinton Jones became the eighth former Spartan player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining halfback John Pingel (inducted in 1968), tackle Don Coleman (1975), linebacker George Webster (1987), defensive end Bubba Smith (1988), safety Brad Van Pelt (2001), wide receiver Gene Washington (2011) and linebacker Percy Snow (2013)

 

Read the story HERE.

Fear The Turtle ? – MSU vs. Maryland B1G Women’s Tournament Championship
Mar 6th, 2016 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The #5 Maryland Women’s Basketball program and team is superb.  Tonight at 7PM Eastern (ESPN) the Terrapins (29-3) go for their second straight double-double; B1G Regular Season Champion and B1G Tournament Champion.

In the Turtles way are the un-predictable #19 MSU Spartans (24-7).  MSU is playing its best basketball of the season at the moment – a six game winning streak – which includes two victory’s over #9 Ohio State.  The Spartans also have two five game winning streaks this season.

The Terrapins and Spartans met one-time this year – at Maryland where the Turtles led wire-to-wire to secure a 85-76 victory.  The Spartans closed within 5 points late in the game, but Maryland hit its free-throw at the end.  The game was originally delayed because of snow and rescheduled having the Spartans travel to College Park in the midst of 4 games in 8 days.

Maryland has two standout and three solid players to keep a close eye on.

The Standouts

6’3″ Junior Center Brionna Jones – a double-double machine @ 16 and 10 per game.

5′ 11′ Junior Guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough – the Turtles leading scorer @20 per game.

The Solid Steady Players

5’7″ Senior Guard Brene Mosely runs the show.

6′ 2″ Junior Forward Tierney Pfirman eats up a lot of space and is a couple ticks short of averaging a double-double herself.

5’9″ Sophomore Guard Kristen Confroy provides 7-10 points a game on offense on a regular basis.

As for the Spartans…

Wooden Award Finalist Aerial Powers is the leader.  Control of temper is key.

Tori Jankowska is a firebrand-fireplug who take over and almost single-handedly win or throw-away a game.

Brandi Agee is the wildcard – often the most steady player.

Jasmine Hines can score and rebound in the twenty’s for each or completely disappear (often through foul-trouble).

If both teams play to their potential, it is my guess that Maryland wins by 7-11 points.

However, MSU is running hot at the moment and if its four leaders have their A game on display MSU can take the title.

If you wonder how popular is Women’s basketball on the MSU Campus, The Spartans average over 6,000 in paid attendance and had 5 games played in front of a crowd of 8,000+.  Two games topped 9,000 in the stands.

MSU Team statistics below:

MSU Women

MSU at Northwestern Game Thread –Lace Up For Lacey Game–(and a wrestling note)
Jan 28th, 2016 by Kindle

Tom Minkel TO COACH IN FINAL HOME DUAL ON SUNDAY AGAINST NORTHWESTERN Michigan State head coach Tom Minkel, who is in his 25th year at the helm of the Spartans and is retiring following the 2015-16 season, will coach in his final home dual on Sunday, Jan. 31 vs. Northwestern at 1 p.m. in Jenison Field House. Admission is free.

During his tenure, Minkel has produced 38 All-Americans, 13 Big Ten Champions and two NCAA Champions. His direction has also led to team success as his squads have placed in the Top 25 at the NCAA Championships 13 times.  Minkel will retire as the second-longest tenured coach in program history.

 

Basketball game notes next….

In honor of our champion @adorablelacey the Spartans will #LaceUpForLacey vs. Northwestern.

During Coaches vs. Cancer week in college basketball, coaches wear athletic shoes to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.

This year, add gold laces to the mix.

Teams all around the country are ‘Lacing Up For Lacey,’ in honor of Princess Lacey, who grew close with Michigan State before pediatric cancer took her too soon.

 

THE GAME TONIGHT

No. 12 Michigan State Spartans (17-4, 4-4 Big Ten) at Northwestern Wildcats (15-6, 3-5)

When: 9 p.m.

Where: Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Ill.

TV: ESPN.

Radio:  WJR 760AM– and http://www.spartansportsnetwork.com/

Having snapped its longest skid in three seasons, Michigan State is determined to continue heading in the right direction.

Following a much-needed victory over a top-10 opponent, the visiting No. 12 Spartans can send Northwestern to a fourth consecutive defeat Thursday night in its third of four straight games against ranked Big Ten foes.

Bryn Forbes, second on the team with 13.6 points per game, totaled 17 on 5-of-22 shooting during the losing streak, but he broke out for 25 while going 8 of 15 from the floor and hitting half of his eight 3-point attempts Saturday.

“We were going to Bryn right away and I felt like we had to do that,” coach Tom Izzo said. “We had to get him going. The last few games he’s really struggled, and yet every shot he’s took was good … I’m happy for him, too. There’s no one that works harder at it.”

Valentine has averaged 22.0 points in his last three games for the Spartans, who would appear to be in good position to keep the wins coming this week against struggling Northwestern (15-6, 3-5) and with lowly Rutgers on deck.

Michigan State has won five straight over the Wildcats and shot 46.1 percent from 3-point range over the last four meetings. It made a season-high 13 of 25 from long distance in last season’s 68-44 win at Northwestern.

The Wildcats won 13 of their first 14 but have dropped five of seven and are 0-4 against ranked opponents. After falling at Maryland in overtime Jan. 19, Northwestern allowed then-No. 25 Indiana to shoot 52.6 percent in Saturday’s 89-57 road defeat.

Bryant McIntosh, who leads Northwestern with 15.1 points per game, has averaged 9.3 on 13-of-45 shooting and missed 10 of 11 3-point attempts in the last three contests. He was 2 of 12 for a season-low four points against the Hoosiers.

Tre Demps, averaging 14.1 points, totaled 43 against the Spartans last season.

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Football Foundation Awards–AD Hollis, former star RB Clinton Jones to be honored tonight
Dec 8th, 2015 by Kindle

EAST LANSING – The awards are rolling in for an MSU athletic department that has the No. 1-ranked men’s basketball team and No. 3-ranked football team in the country, and its director and one of its former stars will get big ones tonight.

Two-time national champion, All-America running back and 1966 Heisman Trophy finalist Clinton Jones was the 2nd player taken in the first round of the 1967 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. [Bubba Smith was selected #1 overall by the Baltimore Colts]

The 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class includes:

  • Trev Alberts, LB – Nebraska (1990-93)
  • Brian Bosworth, LB – Oklahoma (1984-86)
  • Bob Breunig, LB – Arizona State (1972-74)
  • Sean Brewer, DL – Millsaps (Miss.) (1989-92)
  • Ruben Brown, OT – Pittsburgh (1991-94)
  • Wes Chandler, SE – Florida (1974-77)
  • Thom Gatewood, SE – Notre Dame (1969-71)
  • Dick Jauron, RB – Yale (1970-72)
  • Clinton Jones, HB – Michigan State (1964-66)
  • Lincoln Kennedy, OT – Washington (1989-92)
  • Rob Lytle (deceased), RB – Michigan (1974-76)
  • Michael Payton, QB – Marshall (1989-92)
  • Art Still, DE – Kentucky (1974-77)
  • Zach Thomas, LB – Texas Tech (1992-95)
  • Ricky Williams, RB – Texas (1995-98)
  • Coach Bill Snyder – Kansas State (1989-2005, 2009-Present)
  • Coach Jim Tressel – Youngstown State (1986-2000) and Ohio State (2001-10)
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, the American Sports Network will produce and nationally televise a live Red Carpet Show leading up to the dinner ceremonies.
The 8PM program is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
B1G Expectations can lead to Spartan Sports Anxiety
Oct 3rd, 2015 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Spartan Sports Anxiety whenever you’re near – Spartan Sports Anxiety – it’s you that I fear. My heart’s afraid to fly – it’s crashed before … But then you take my hand; My heart starts to soar once more. Spartan Sports Anxiety … it’s always the same; Spartan Sports Anxiety … it’s you that I blame. It’s very clear to me I’ve got to give in. Spartan Sports Anxiety: you win.

Has anyone noticed the Michigan State Football team is only 5-0 five games into the season? I have, and I fret and fester thinking about it. Couldn’t MSU have won more games by now?  If they had I am sure I would feel better.  In fact, it feels like MSU has lost every game played so far and most certainly are about to lose all of those in the future.  It makes me anxious; which can lead to full on Spartan Sports Anxiety.  When does the College Playoff Football Committee make their announcement?  Can’t they simply let me down easy now?

Has any noticed it has been quite a while since anyone has committed to the Michigan State Basketball program?  I have, and I fret and fester thinking about it.  The last person to commit was Miles Bridges on Saturday afternoon October 3rd, 2015.  That feels like ages ago and makes me anxious; which can lead to full on Spartan Sports Anxiety.  When is Josh Jackson going to announce his school of choice?  What if he doesn’t come to MSU?  What if all the commits de-commit?

Tell me TUS membership why I should or should not have Spartan Sports Anxiety?

MSU Promotes Dave Pruder to Head of Athletic Equipment
Jul 27th, 2015 by Kindle

Per USMCRetired–Dave Pruder has been named director of athletic equipment for Michigan State Athletics.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced changes to the athletic equipment department on Monday, July 27.

Dave Pruder has been promoted to director of athletic equipment, Malinda Hudkins has been appointed associate director of athletic equipment, and Dylan Marinez has been named head football athletic equipment manager. In addition, assistant equipment manager Juan Moreno, who had previously worked with Olympic sports in Jenison Field House, will now work in the Skandalaris Center with the football team. Veteran Tom Magee will continue working with the hockey program at Munn Ice Arena. Jill Mason, who has been a staff member for MSU Athletics for 16 years, will move from the event management staff to the equipment staff in Jenison Field House.

Longtime head athletic equipment coordinator Bob Knickerbocker, who spent 32 years on the Michigan State athletics staff, previously announced his retirement from MSU, effective June 30.

“The athletic equipment staff plays a vital role in the success of our department,” said MSU Athletics Director Mark Hollis. “They have daily interaction with our student-athletes and coaches and have a pulse for everything going on with our 25 teams.

“Dave Pruder has done an outstanding job with the men’s basketball program and has been instrumental in helping establish the excellent relationship the department enjoys with apparel and shoe provider, Nike. He is passionate about Michigan State, his profession, and, most important, the student-athletes in our program. Dave will do an outstanding job in this leadership role.

Pruder has been serving as the equipment manager for the men’s basketball team since 1990. A certified equipment manager and a member of the equipment staff since 1989, Pruder has been instrumental with the planning and distribution of equipment for Spartan student-athletes. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State in 1987, his master’s in physical education and exercise science in 1989 and his MBA in 1992.

 

The big question:     Will Dave Pruder still take calls from Jeff Lubeck?

The BIGGER question:     What has happened to USMCRetired’s ability to post a new thread?

Michigan State Crowned Three Big Ten Track & Field Champions Saturday
May 17th, 2015 by Kindle

 

Fellow senior Antonio James claimed his second Big Ten men’s discus championship

Freshman Katelyn Daniels took home her first championship in the women’s discus.

After two days of competition, the Spartan women are tied for first with 52 points, joined atop the team standings with Minnesota. The MSU men scored 24 points on the day and moved into fourth place with overall with 30 points, trailing Nebraska (44 pts.), Minnesota (38 pts.) and Illinois (35 pts.).  To read the full story click here.

Rowing Championships

Michigan State moved two of its four boats into the grand finals of the Big Ten Rowing Championships with strong performances in the opening heats on Saturday. The Championship will continue on Sunday on Eagle Creek Reservoir in Indianapolis, with racing scheduled to begin at 7:30 am.

MSU Football

Modern communication is helping committed prospects recruit others as a new twitter account @MSUDreamTeam2016 is now 12 days old.  Joe Rexrode gives us the latest take on social media Spartan style.

Horse Racing–American Pharoah stayed on course for the famed Triple Crown by winning the 140th edition of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Saturday.

Lacrosse–Noon ESPN2 — Lacrosse: NCAA quarterfinal, Johns Hopkins vs. Syracuse.  2:30 ESPN2 — Lacrosse: NCAA quarterfinal, Maryland vs. North Carolina.

MLB— Detroit at St. Louis. 8PM ESPN………….Alfredo Simon will start on the mound for Detroit. Lance Lynn will be the Cardinals pitcher charged with slowing Cabrera and the Tiger lineup.   Both right-handers are coming off quality starts.

Baseball–Big Weekend for Tigers and Spartans
May 9th, 2015 by Kindle

Michigan State senior Ryan Krill (22) catches a throw to first base for a Michigan out at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., on April 14, 2015. Michigan State topped Michigan, 4-2. (Patrick Record | The Ann Arbor News)

Michigan State senior Ryan Krill (22) hits a Michigan pitch at Comerica Park in Detroit, Mich., on April 14, 2015. Krill is leading the Big Ten in hitting in 18 league games and will likely be selected in the upcoming MLB Draft in June. He was selected coming out of high school in the 40th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2011. (Courtesy MSU Athletics)

SPARTANS CLOSE HOME SCHEDULE THIS WEEKEND: The Michigan State baseball team will play its final home games of the season when it hosts Penn State this weekend at McLane Baseball Stadium. Due to potential rain in the forecast, all three games of the series were scheduled to begin at 12:05 p.m.

Despite dropping their game against Penn State by a score of 5-3 on Friday the Spartan baseball team has truly been surging.  Once the calendar flipped to April the Spartans put it in another gear.   If you are a College Sports Live subscriber you can watch today’s game vs. Penn State at 12:05PM http://www.msuspartans.com/collegesportslive/  Or you can listen on Spartan Sports Radio: http://www.spartansportsnetwork.com/

• The Spartans’ RPI is currently 40th … The Spartans have seven wins against teams currently in the NCAA RPI top 50 (Illinois, 11; Ohio State, 21; Coastal Carolina, 24; Southeastern Louisiana, 42; Notre Dame, 48; Indiana, 50).

• MSU’s .294 batting average ranks second in the Big Ten and in the top-50 nationally … The Spartans have at least 10 hits in 21 of their last 27 games … The Spartans’ .427 slugging percentage leads the Big Ten.

• In going 17-5 since April 1, MSU has hit .325 as a team and averaged 11.7 hits per game over the span … MSU has outscored the opposition, 165-97, over the 22-game span (7.5 runs/game).

• In Big Ten play, the Spartans lead the league in batting average (.325), slugging percentage (.482), on-base percentage (.393), RBIs (116) and total bases (313) … MSU ranks second in runs scored (121), hits (211), doubles (43) and home runs (17).

Ryan Krill (.348) and Cam Gibson (.332) rank seventh and 13th, respectively, in the Big Ten in batting average … Krill leads the league in conference play with a .463 average.

• The Spartans have scored four or more runs in an inning in eight of the last 11 games, including each of the last five … In games this season where MSU produces at least four runs in an inning, MSU is 12-2.

• The Spartans’ 34 home runs rank third in the Big Ten and are their most in a season since the 2005 squad hit 44.

• MSU hitters strike out fewer times than any other team in the Big Ten as the Spartans’ 223 Ks are eight fewer than any other team.

• The Spartans lead the Big Ten in runners picked off with 19.

• MSU’s .975 fielding percentage ranks fourth in the Big Ten and the teams’ 44 total errors are the third fewest in the league … MSU is 27-12 when committing no more than one error.

Player Notes

• The Spartans’ leading hitter is senior Ryan Krill, who ranks seventh in the Big Ten in batting average (.348), second in RBIs (47), second in slugging percentage (.591) and tied for third in home runs (9) … In Big Ten games, Krill leads the league in nearly every category, including: batting average (.463), slugging percentage (.866), on-base percentage (.571), RBIs (31) and home runs (7).

• Krill brings a season-high and team-long 12-game hitting streak into Friday’s game … Krill has a .384 batting average over the nine-game stretch.

Cam Gibson’s 49 runs scored lead the Big Ten … He is the first Spartan to post at least 40 runs in a season since 2012 when MSU had four players score 40 or more runs … With one more run scored, Gibson will be the first Spartan with 50 since 2011.

• Gibson and Mark Weist lead MSU with 20 multi-hit games.

• Gibson has reached base in a season-long 13 consecutive games.

Anthony Misiewicz (.215) and Mick VanVossen (.224) rank fifth and seventh respectively in the conference in opposing batting average … In league play, VanVossen is holding hitters to a team-leading .197 batting average.

Cam Vieaux’s team-leading 59 strikeouts are tied for seventh most in the Big Ten.

 

David Price hobbled in 7th inning

DETROIT — The Kansas City Royals became baseball’s Cinderella story last year with an aggressive style designed around putting pressure on defenses.   The Tigers have 26 stolen bases this season, and the Royals, who led the league in steals the past two seasons, have 22. The plod-along Tigers are no more. The Tigers regained first place in the American League Central race again Friday night at Comerica Park by doing much of the same thing the Royals do.   And in case you missed it, the Tigers have another injured starting pitcher.  It was also announced within the last hour that the Detroit Tigers place Alex Avila on disabled list with knee injury, recall Bryan Holaday from Toledo.

Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie and Tigers righty Anibal Sanchez will match up for the second time in six days on Saturday at Comerica Park. Sanchez (2-3, 5.11 ERA) defeated Guthrie (1-2, 6.52 ERA) at Kauffman Stadium, 6-4, on Sunday. Sanchez gave up four hits and three runs over 7 1/3 innings.

Today’s game approximately 1:05PM on FS1

 

 

 

 

 

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