John L. Smith's return to Arkansas and this piece for USA Today has them flooding back.
Along with MSU's Aug. 31 season opener against Boise State (8 p.m., ESPN), the Spartans will play at night when Notre Dame visits on Sept. 15 (8 p.m., ABC). And that's it for the Spartans in 2012 -- the rest of their games will be noon or 3:30 kicks.
The MSU spring game on Saturday at Spartan Stadium (1:06 p.m., Big Ten Network, WJIM 1240-AM, free admission), with the gates opening at 11:30 a.m. Prior to the game, MSU coaches will put on a free youth clinic for ages 8-12 on the practice field across Shaw Lane -- though no autograph session this year because kickoff was moved up a half hour. Don't forget the restriction on bags and the alcohol ban on campus, both will be in effect. Fans 12 and older also can purchase press box seats for $50 apiece until noon Friday at msuspartans.com, with proceeds going to the George Webster Scholarship Fund. Here's Denny Schwarze's look at a surging young linebacker I'll be interested to watch Saturday.
Associated Press is reporting that Arkansas has hired John L. Smith to replace Bobby Petrino as interim coach. Although Smith is a Petrino mentor and coached special teams for him there, I did not see this coming. At all. Here's a story out of Little Rock. Cue fast-field-goal and other jokes.
Mark Dantonio’s first spring game at Michigan State was rocked by stunning news on recruit Arthur Ray Jr. Five years later, the story has changed significantly. But Ray returns often to that time in his life for inspiration as he tries to take that final – and very difficult – step.
Some very interesting stuff here from the Trib's Teddy Greenstein on some high-impact meetings about to take place in Florida.
A reminder on this one poster, forget the name, forget the day, forget the exact comment, remember the jist from a year ago: Will Gholston is a bust.
Nice timing on this story. Larry Caper ran 21 times for 106 yards, including a 22-yard touchdown run and a 31-yard gain, and Dan Conroy kicked a 45-yard field goal on the final play to give the offense a 62-59 win -- and the green jerseys back -- in the second scrimmage of spring ball. The third will be the April 28 spring game at Spartan Stadium. With Andrew Maxwell sidelined, Connor Cook completed 15 of 34 passes for 144 yards in the closed scrimmage, with a 3-yard scoring pass to fullback Trevon Pendleton.
MSU basketball 2012 recruit Gary Harris is one of 24 players who will compete for 12 spots on the USA Basketball U18 team, June 5-12 in Colorado Springs. If the shooting guard makes it, he'll play June 16-20 in Brazil at the U18 Championship.