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76 posts from March 2012

March 31, 2012

Pads, competition both on

Where to begin? Friday night interviews with the head coach and both coordinators yielded a lot of Michigan State football information. OK, let's start with this Dan Roushar quote on Le'Veon Bell, the Tuesday "complacency" comment from Mark Dantonio and the running back race: “It’s a very fair question. I think it’s kind of like, our attitude and approach is, for every snap we go out there, whoever’s out there, we want to see them compete and perform. Since we’ve been here, other than in Javon’s two years establishing that position, and of course Jehuu with him the first year, we’ve gone about our business as when the starting tailback got in there and got going, as the year progressed somebody else emerged. And that’s each and every year. Will that be the history of us this year? I don’t know that. I think that’s where Le’Veon internally looks at himself and says ‘How good do I really want to be? Am I interested in being a great player?’ And I’m talking about greatness. Then he’s got to reflect on how he approaches it. And I think we as coaches, coach Dantonio from the top down, we’re all talking about complacency. We don’t want to get comfortable. The margin of error of the difference between winning and losing is such a fine line. And we’ve got to continue to push.”

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March 30, 2012

C'est chic, Shilique

Another name with great headline-writing potential -- Shilique Calhoun. Clearly, MSU thinks much of his football-playing potential as well.

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March 29, 2012

Hollis tweet -- no violation, just irritation

The MSU compliance department checked with the Big Ten this morning and got confirmation that Mark Hollis' tweet to Trey Burke did not violate any NCAA rules, associate AD John Lewandowski confirmed. The Detroit News raised the question of a violation today, citing this portion of NCAA bylaw 13.1.1.3: "An athletics staff member or other representative of the institution's athletics interests shall not make contact with the student-athlete of another NCAA or NAIA four-year collegiate institution, directly or indirectly, without first obtaining the written permission of the first institution's athletics director (or an athletics administrator designated by the athletics director) to do so, regardless of who makes the initial contact."

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March 28, 2012

Harris impression/Hollis tweet

The McDonald's All-American game just ended. I've already forgotten the winner and final score, but it was a chance to watch MSU 2012 recruit Gary Harris compete with some of the best athletes entering college basketball next season.

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Izzonio

Is MSU moving toward the dominant offensive line that Mark Dantonio has long coveted? How good will this incoming freshman class be for Tom Izzo? We've got MSU football and basketball coming out the ears today.

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Magic wins

The Dodgers belong to him (and the rest of his group).

March 27, 2012

Talking point guards

Lots of questions about Appling, Trice and Valentine and the point-guard position in the past few days.

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Spring depth chart, Dantonio comments

Tony Lippett and Keith Mumphery No. 1 at the wideout spots, with Bennie Fowler out after having a screw placed in his foot. Chris Norman and Lawrence Thomas also are out after offseason surgeries, so Taiwan Jones is No. 1 at the Star position. Kurtis Drummond OR RJ Williamson at free safety. Tyler Hoover No. 1 at DT, with James Kittredge behind him and Micajah Reynolds behind Anthony Rashad White. Blake Treadwell No. 1 at left guard, Skyler Burkland behind Dan France at left guard, Henry Conway behind Fou Fonoti at right tackle. Niko Palazeti leads the way at fullback, with Trevon Pendleton behind him. It's Dion Sims, Andrew Gleichert and Denzel Drone at tight end -- and Mark Dantonio's words about backup defensive ends Shilique Calhoun and Joel Heath help explain that.

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Spring primer

MSU starts spring football today. Here are some of the main questions that may or may not be answered in the next month.

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