More on Brandan Kearney leaving MSU

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas/happy holiday.

And now on for the big news of the day.

Tom Izzo and Michigan State players were caught by surprise with sophomore backup guard Brandan Kearney’s decision to leave the Spartan basketball program.

Kearney informed Izzo of his decision shortly after the team returned from a brief break for Christmas and the move was finalized late Thursday night.

Kearney was playing 17 minutes a night so that creates opportunities for other players in the rotation as the Spartans head into Big Ten play.

“I’ve gotta admit it was a little strange for me and the players when a guy is playing 17 minutes a game, but at the same time it’s gonna open it up maybe for another guy like (Russell) Byrd or maybe (Travis) Trice gets more minutes or I move BJ (Branden Dawson) back out there,” Izzo said.

Kearney’s decision was just as surprising to the players. MSU freshman Denzel Valentine roomed with Kearney on the road and never sensed unhappiness.

“He gotta do what he gotta do. If this is not the place for him then  I just wish him the best wherever he goes. I love him to death, but if he wants to move that’s his choice,” Valentine said.

Kearney leaving gives an option for Izzo in recruiting.

“It will help us in that respect. It would’ve been easier at the end of the year but I wouldn’t want it at the end of the year because then you wouldn’t be able to go out and recruit,” Izzo said. “Now we can go out and recruit.”

MSU players are focused on moving on without Kearney as it faces a tough opening road test against Minnesota to begin the Big Ten slate.

“I wish him well first and foremost but the ship still gotta move,” junior guard Keith Appling said. We’re gonna continue to focus on our Big Ten season, but at the same time we wish him the best with whatever his decision may be as far as choosing another school.”


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16 Responses to More on Brandan Kearney leaving MSU

  1. avatar msu76 says:

    Don’t like it. Before Garrick Sherman, no player left MSU unless he didn’t have enough talent to contribute at this level. That’s not the case w/Kearney or Sherman. Not a good sign.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Eh tu Brutus?

      • avatar MayoSpartan says:

        Sorry to read such defensive replies.

        Kearney is described as a model teammate. This suggest to me that he’s smart, gifted and mentally strong to endure watching his dream slip away as his role changed without saying boo. His decision shocks his teammates, fans and perhaps the media covering the Spartans.

        Evidently there was a problem. Garrick Sherman didn’t fit and it was evident by his teammates and coaches reactions caught on TV during games. He didn’t fit and left. Kearney played well and could execute, but didn’t like his role. Seems like Kearney is someone you want to keep around and that’s nevera good sign to loose someone like Brandon. OMO, good for him to pursue his dream elsewhere.

  2. avatar mgc72 says:

    I recall a guard leaving in ’78 that was contributing at about the same level Kearney is now. Let’s hope this is a good omen — we won NCAA in 79!!

  3. avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

    It basically comes down to he’d rather shoot more and not play the defense izzo wants him to play, and i’m sure more minutes is part of that too.

  4. avatar The Tanner says:

    The Tanner knew Karney was leaving baby !!!

    The Tanner tell Toomy to let him go baby !!!

    Jud and Tommy go recruit baby !!!

    The Tanner brings the goods baby !!!

  5. avatar Munnster says:

    Here’s the response I got from the LSJ editors re: my plans to cancel b/c of the “crummy cracker”:

    Thank you for taking the time to share your views about our MSU sports coverage. It certainly is an important topic for the Lansing State Journal and we like to know what our readers are thinking.

    I will pass along your comments to our MSU sports coverage team, which includes Couch, Solari, Calloway and their editors. Graham is our sports columnist, so it his job to write his opinion. I’ll acknowledge readers often don’t agree with him.

    I hope you’ll consider sticking with the LSJ. We have big plans for 2013.

    • avatar MSU Owns Denard says:

      Standard front office answer, what a bunch of crap.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      I want a brand new sports columnist for Christmas Only a new columnist will do Don’t want a troll, no dinky Western Michigan toy I want a coloumnist to play with and enjoy
      I want a brand new coloumnist for Christmas don’t think Santa Claus will mind, do you? He won’t have to use our dirty chimney flue Just bring him through the free press door That’s the easy thing to do
      I can see me now on Christmas morning Creeping down the stairs OH, what joy and what surprise When I open up my eyes To see a Rexrode hero standing there
      I want a brand new columnist for Christmas Only a Spartan columnist will do No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses only like columnists And Spartan columnist’s like me too

  6. avatar Heavyg53 says:


  7. avatar 3M_Rocker says:

    Two words… More Valentine.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      DV plays like a Frosh at times (Duh!) and we’ll see what he’s like in the B1G. My only real concern is B1RD and can he play at a BiG level, when he gets those opportunities (and you know Coach wants him to succeed). Unfortunately, he has not demonstrated that ability yet.


      • avatar 3M_Rocker says:

        Byrd seems like a bit of a head case. I hope he can break out at some point. DV will be a star and needs to play an increasing role.

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