Monthly Archives: April 2013

Adreian Payne’s return to MSU a bit surprising, puts Spartans among very elite next season

I thought all along Adreian Payne wanted to stay at Michigan State. But I also thought he was leaving. MSU might have been where he was most comfortable, his teammates and coaches his closest thing to family. But the NBA … Continue reading

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Alvin Ellis ‘can be a key piece’ in MSU’s basketball program (with highlight video)

That’s what I was told Wednesday night by Joe Henricksen, publisher of the City/Suburban Hoops Report for the Chicago Sun-Times. Probably never a star, but someone who “knows who he is” and “is still climbing as a player.” Ellis, a … Continue reading

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Inside Adreian Payne’s head …

It’d be an interesting place to be right now. A conversation I had with my Tuesday radio partner and former LSJ columnist Jack Ebling left me thinking that more than ever. Ebling ran into Michigan State’s junior power forward Monday … Continue reading

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Three MSU football story lines to watch, beyond the quarterbacks

In football, the story is mostly about the quarterbacks until you have one. At Michigan State, that story isn’t going away, at least not until Andrew Maxwell or Connor Cook or someone else proves, without question, they’re the guy. I … Continue reading

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Quick postgame take: Connor Cook was MSU’s best QB today

EAST LANSING — This was just one afternoon of many this spring for Michigan State, one scrimmage of several. But, today, Connor Cook is MSU’s best quarterback. Not just in the numbers, but in the eye-test, the way the offense … Continue reading

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MSU spring game halftime musings: Tough go for MSU’s QBs

EAST LANSING — MSU’s offense has had a few decent moments in this first half (White leads 14-10, its defense scoring both TDs). But, based on one half of this spring football game, none of these QBs look ready to … Continue reading

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MSU spring game pregame dish: Kirk Cousins breaks down the QB competition

No matter what Andrew Maxwell, Connor Cook and Tyler O’Connor do today at Spartan Stadium, they won’t be the best QB in the house. Kirk Cousins is here, broadcasting the Michigan State spring game for the Big Ten Network. The … Continue reading

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Friday thoughts: Adreian Payne’s NBA decision; Izzo’s tenure with the Cavs; Doug Anderson’s Thursday night dunk

Gary Harris’ announcement that he’ll return to Michigan State for his sophomore season made Thursday a pretty good day in the MSU sports world. As I wrote in today’s column, I think Harris is more critical to MSU’s success next … Continue reading

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MSU spring draft story lines include Mumphery, Troup, Arnett, Riley Bullough, LT, Calhoun and Cook

The most interesting moment to date of Michigan State’s spring happened Wednesday evening inside the Clara Bell Smith auditorium — the spring game player draft. The seniors, divided into “Green” and “White” teams, drafted their underclassman teammates, one position group … Continue reading

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MSU’s spring game player draft could be telling, will be interesting

Michigan State’s seniors will draft their teams late this afternoon (moved to 5 p.m.) for Saturday’s spring football game. It’s an entertaining process at the Clara Bell Smith Center auditorium, one that gives us a sense how MSU’s players view … Continue reading

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