Monthly Archives: June 2013

Pistons shouldn’t have tanked, but late-season 4-game winning streak inexcusable, perhaps costly

The Detroit Pistons did one thing well last season: Lose. Until they needed to. At the end of a season in which they lost eight, six and 10 games in a row in separate stretches, they won four straight. If … Continue reading

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Does the Big Ten bowl pecking order matter to you?

Within a few years, after the initial couple rounds of bowl selections under the Big Ten’s new 2014 contract, the difference between the Capital One Bowl and Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will have little, maybe nothing, to do with how … Continue reading

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MSU basketball recruiting: What I saw (and didn’t see) at the Spartans’ team camp

I’ve been to two events this month that have included the Chicago Heights Marion Catholic basketball team. I’m yet to see their star point guard, Tyler Ulis, play. The Michigan State recruiting target has been out with a shoulder injury. … Continue reading

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Big Ten Network airing several MSU classics Friday

If you’ve got nowhere to play your VHS copy of Michigan State’s 1998 football win at Ohio State or the Citrus Bowl win over Florida hours after we survived Y2K, Friday is a good day to call in sick or … Continue reading

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MSU football 2013 mantra perhaps unveiled: ‘Sense of resolve’

With the 2013 football season 73 days away and his brief vacation still in front of him, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio fielded questions Wednesday from perpetually copy-thirsty beat writers. College football fans, minus the most ardent diehards, aren’t … Continue reading

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Quantifying Dorian Dawkins, the basketball player

The what-might-have-been surrounding Dorian Dawkins is about a life, a 14-year-old boy who had 70 years in front of him to be anything, to be a son, a father, a friend. I did a story for Sunday’s Lansing State Journal … Continue reading

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NCAA basketball tournament venue downsizing a good move, even if motives aren’t altruistic

It’s rare these days that the NCAA and common sense find themselves in the same sentence. Fair or not, much of what college sports governing body does that’s worth reporting defies logic. Chalk this one up as an anomaly, but … Continue reading

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MSU football summer workouts a reminder of the year-round grind for these athletes

By Friday night, my legs were sore and stiff, calves to quads. Still, I enjoyed working out with Michigan State’s football team this week — even the most physically challenging, reality-check moments. It’s an important perspective to have, I think. … Continue reading

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Remembering Charlie Coles

Longtime Miami of Ohio basketball coach Charlie Coles passed away Friday at the age of 71. He retired after the 2012 season, mostly due to heart problems. Michigan State fans may remember his 1999 Sweet 16 team, with Wally Szczerbiak. … Continue reading

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2016 MSU football schedule is the critical one to watch

The Big Ten released its 2015 football schedule Monday. For Michigan State, the news wasn’t in the opponents or places where those games will be played — MSU’s 2015 slate is essentially just its 2014 slate flipped. The Spartans did … Continue reading

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