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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?

300 for a Spartan
Mar 18th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Coach Jake Boss Jr. has so much respect in college sports and general that he was willing to pose with The Usual Suspects.

Michigan State University Baseball Head Coach Jake Boss Jr. earned his 300th career victory as the Spartans blasted the University of Richmond Spiders 13-4 on Saturday at Pitt Field in the Capitol city of the State of Virginia. MSU sits at 12-4 in 2017 and ranked #8 nationally in the RPI. In nine seasons under Boss, the MSU baseball program operates with great success in terms of respect, win-loss percentage, and national standing presence.

A full report on the game is [here].

Whew… That was close: MSU 70 Wisconsin 63 – Round 2 B1G Women’s Tourney
Mar 2nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

The MSU Women’s Basketball team (20-10) overcame a poor start, a poor finish to the first-half, and a slow start to the 3rd Quarter to pull away late in the 4th Quarter from the Badgers of Wisconsin (9-22) for a 70-63 victory in 2nd Round of the B1G Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana.

MSU (6) takes on the Wolverines of Michigan (3) tomorrow night (3/3/2017) at 9PM (EST).

Three Questions:

  1. Can the Spartans beat the X2 chromosome skunk bear tomorrow night?
  2. Are the Spartans in/out/on-the-bubble for the NCAA Women’s Tourney?
  3. Should the National Citizen’s Affirmation Services (NCAS) – TUS Division detain and conduct loyalty testing with all male transients attempting to relocate in Southern Florida in the last 30 days?
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?

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