Monthly Archives: May 2013

The problem with each side of the girls basketball scheduling gender equity debate

I wrote a column for Tuesday’s Lansing State Journal about the gender equity debate and latest lawsuit involving girls high school basketball scheduling in Michigan. Here’s a link to the column. The first line: There is no perfect way to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments | | |

Big Ten’s dumping of the Little Caesars Bowl is fine … unless it partners with new Ford Field bowl

If the Big Ten chooses to partner with Ford Field’s new bowl game, it’s behaving like a bully. And not an intelligent one. Ford Field execs notified Little Caesars Pizza Bowl CEO Ken Hoffman months ago that they were creating … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 22 Comments | | |

MSU’s next two football schedules are manageable, enticing … then holy 2015

Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and Western Michigan on the road in the same year? Michigan State may never have seen a more daunting road slate in one season. I told colleague Joe Rexrode it’d write an entire blog post including … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments | | |

Mark Hollis, Jim Delany speak on MSU, Big Ten issues: What they said and what I think

CHICAGO — Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis were both available for interviews Wednesday morning, as the league’s ADs meetings wrapped up. Some of the topics were repetitive from Tuesday’s discussions, but both had … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments | | |

Big Ten ADs talk scheduling, expansion, bowl games at Chicago meetings (with Talkin’ Spartans)

CHICAGO — The Big Ten’s athletic directors meetings have turned into an organized annual media event here in Chicago. Partly because of the news that’s emerged in recent years and because, when it’s not organized, reporters tend to ambush unsuspecting … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments | | |

The lie, not lack of degree, is the issue for Eddie Jordan, Rutgers

It’s almost always the lie more than the deed, that gets one in trouble. Coaches and politicians especially. Ask Jim Tressel. Or Bill Clinton. Rutgers University and new basketball coach Eddie Jordan are making this point again, though some of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments | | |

Talkin’ MSU hoops and Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones and Tyler Ulis (with highlight videos)

Michigan State and Tom Izzo are feeling a bit how Kentucky must every year in these times — unsure of half of its roster a year down the line. The only difference, Kentucky somehow knows its going to land most … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments | | |

Who would you rather have next year, Adreian Payne or Jabari Parker?

The question has been posed on Twitter and discussed among writers who cover Michigan State, after Adreian Payne made his decision to return for his senior season at MSU: Who would the Spartans be better with next season, Payne or … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 20 Comments | | |

MSU AD Mark Hollis talks Big Ten divisions, expansion, concerns, etc.

Mark Hollis joined me, Jack Ebling and Terry Denbow Tuesday afternoon on The Drive with Jack on 730-AM in Lansing, during our weekly hour-long “At Issue” segment, this time tackling the future of the Big Ten. Michigan State’s athletic director … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments | | |