Michigan State Rumors & News

  • Andre Rison not pressuring son, Hunter, to follow footsteps to Michigan State

    Michigan Live "Andre Rison made a name for himself playing football at Michigan State before a successful NFL career. He'll tell you he's still a Spartan who bleeds green and white to this day. He also says he'll stand by his son, Hunter Rison, no matter what college he chooses to attend in 2017. "We..." February 23

  • MSU's Barnett looking for two new starting DBs

    Detroit Free Press "Harlon Barnett has more responsibilities, but the defensive backs room still is his domain. And the Michigan State co-defensive coordinator and assistant head coach recently sent a message to all who will attempt to cover receivers for the Spartans next season. "I said this in the defensive..." February 11

  • Four-star MSU recruit Scott could play right away

    Detroit News "It's not every season a freshman has a chance to step into one of the best offenses in the Big Ten and make an immediate impact. But that is just the position L.J. Scott could find himself in next fall at Michigan State. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back from Hubbard (Ohio) High is..." February 04

  • Report: MSU lands DE Kareem for 2016

    Detroit News "Michigan State was making a final recruiting push over the weekend for the 2015 class expected to sign on Wednesday, but the Spartans managed to come away with an early recruiting victory for 2016. Khalid Kareem, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Farmington Hills Harrison, committed..." February 03

  • Michigan will have at least one night football game; Michigan State, Ohio State possibilities

    Michigan Live "Michigan has a new athletic director, but it's not going to ease back on the night football game craze started by former AD Dave Brandon . Interim athletic director Jim Hackett said Sunday at halftime of the Michigan-Michigan State basketball game that the Wolverines will host at least one..." February 02

  • Four-star Dowell brothers flip to Michigan State

    Detroit News "Michigan State's 2015 recruiting class is getting some punch added late in the game with National Signing Day looming on Feb. 4. After defensive back Drake Martinez, who spent a redshirt season at Nebraska in 2013 before transferring to Saddleback (Calif.) Community College, announced on..." January 29

  • Defensive back Martinez commits to Michigan State

    Detroit News "Michigan State added a 16th commitment to the 2015 recruiting class on Tuesday and it went the junior college path to do so. Defensive back Drake Martinez, who spent a redshirt season at Nebraska in 2013 before transferring to Saddleback (California) College, announced on Twitter that he would..." January 28

  • Shilique Calhoun returning to MSU

    ESPN.com "Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun is returning to the Spartans for his senior season. Calhoun announced his decision at a news conference Sunday before Michigan State's basketball game against Northwestern. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound Calhoun had eight sacks this season, and the..." January 11

  • Report: MSU's Trae Waynes heading for NFL

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State junior cornerback Trae Waynes has told the Kenosha (Wis.) News -- his hometown newspaper -- that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Waynes did not announce a decision to reporters in the locker room after No. 7 MSU's dramatic comeback to beat No. 4..." January 02

  • Sources: MSU coordinator Pat Narduzzi in talks to become next Pitt coach

    Yahoo! Sports "Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next head coach at Pittsburgh, sources told Yahoo Sports on Monday. Narduzzi had interviewed with both Pittsburgh and Colorado State within the last week, sources said. Narduzzi was the leading..." December 23

  • Michigan State's Connor Cook expects to return for senior season to take care of 'unfinished business'

    Michigan Live "Quarterback Connor Cook said Tuesday he's made up his mind about returning for his senior season at Michigan State. Cook was asked at the Spartans' Cotton Bowl press conference: "Have you made up your mind about next year,'' as far as coming back for his senior season. Cook's response:..." December 16

  • Tony Lippett to be Michigan State's first two-way starter since 1968

    USA Today "Regardless of which side gets the ball first in what coach Mark Dantonio is calling a "program game," Michigan State senior Tony Lippett will be starting Saturday. A mix-up prevented Lippett from becoming MSU's first two-way starter since 1968 in Saturday's 45-3 rout of Rutgers. But Dantonio..." November 26

  • Michigan State LB Says J.T. Barrett A “Way Better QB” Than Braxton Miller

    College Spun "Michigan State and Ohio State are set for a huge Big Ten game this Saturday, and for the first time in a long time, the Spartans won’t have to prepare for Buckeyes star quarterback Braxton Miller. Instead, given Miller’s season-ending right shoulder injury, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will be..." November 05

  • First-round prospect Connor Cook intends to stay in school

    CBSSports.com "On The Dan Patrick Show this week, Michigan State junior QB Connor Cook said he intends to bypass the 2015 NFL Draft and return to the Spartans for his senior season. "That's the main goal," Cook said in response to possibly going pro early. "I've always talked about it with my parents and..." November 01

  • Michigan State fans vandalize iconic Ann Arbor campus symbol

    Fox Sports - College Football "It must be Michigan-Michigan State week. Wednesday morning, as Michigan students awoke and began their days, they were treated to a surprise. Sometime overnight, a Spartans fan or fans presumably snuck onto campus and left their mark on an iconic campus symbol. The block ‘M’ on the..." October 22

  • Pelini, Dantonio spar over Spartans' clapping

    ESPN.com "Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio traded comments Tuesday over MSU defenders whose clapping disrupted the Huskers' offense in the Spartans' 27-22 win last weekend. Nebraska center Mark Pelini, the coach's nephew, experienced trouble on several occasions in..." October 07

  • Michigan State RB Jeremy Langford says ankle is '100 percent' by his definition

    Michigan Live "Michigan State tailback Jeremy Langford says his ankle “feels good’’ and “it’s 100 percent” entering Saturday’s noon homecoming game against Wyoming at Spartan Stadium. Of course, Langford -- who sprained his ankle in the Spartans' Aug. 29 opener against Jacksonville State -- admits his..." September 25

  • MSU running back Jeremy Langford 'back up to speed'

    Detroit Free Press "Jeremy Langford simply misspoke, but it was a telling mistake. "Now I feel good going into the season," the Michigan State senior running back said after Tuesday's practice, then quickly corrected himself: "I mean, this game." When Eastern Michigan (1-2) visits No. 11 MSU (1-1) on Saturday..." September 17

  • Connor Cook: Hit was 'bad cheap shot'

    ESPN.com "Michigan State fans had to hold their breath last Friday night when starting quarterback Connor Cook took a hit low on his left knee against Jacksonville State. Cook completed a pass for a touchdown on the play but was slow to get up. And he is also apparently slow to get over it, after he..." September 03

  • Michigan State WR Macgarrett Kings Jr. on probation after April DUI

    Michigan Live "Michigan State junior wide receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. was arrested and charged with driving under the influence shortly before being suspended from the football team this spring, according to Ingham County court records. Kings was arrested April 6 for driving with a blood alcohol content of..." August 21

  • Spartans' quest: Prove '13 was no fluke

    Covers.com "Michigan State has spent the last few months basking in the glow of a Big Ten championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl. Or, at least, that's what it has done publicly. Behind closed doors, the Spartans insist the focus on 2014 began on the plane back from Pasadena. The Spartans are on a..." August 19

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Report: DB/WR Kaleel Gaines commits to Michigan State

    Detroit News "Michigan State landed its 12th commitment for the 2015 class, and it came from another player who was considering Alabama. Defensive back/wide receiver Kaleel Gaines of Frostproof (Fla.) committed Michigan State on Sunday evening, according to 247sports.com “When I visited Michigan State..." August 05

  • Michigan State gets verbal commitment from Virginia WR Felton Davis III

    Michigan Live "Receiver Felton Davis III from Highland Spring, Va., has made a verbal commitment to Michigan State. Davis is a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder who has a composite national ranking of 615 from 247sports, which also rates him the No. 77 receiver in the nation and the No. 21 player in the state of..." July 22

  • Four-star Ohio running back Larry Scott commits to Michigan State

    Detroit Free Press "Amid the LeBron James frenzy of Thursday afternoon, one of the top-ranked running back prospects in the country tweeted that he’d announce his college decision if James announced his next destination. And former Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell responded on Twitter to Larry “LJ” Scott:..." July 13

  • Mich. St. releases CB Ezra Robinson from scholarship

    College Football Talk "Expected to enter summer camp as one of a handful of contenders to replace All-American Darqueze Dennard, Ezra Robinson will instead continue his collegiate career somewhere other than East Lansing. In a very brief press release, Michigan State announced that Robinson has been granted a release..." July 12

  • Spartan Stadium in East Lansing evacuated due to bomb threat, reopened after search

    Michigan Live "According to the City of East Lansing, Michigan State University police have re-opened Spartan Stadium and the surrounding area as of 5:12 p.m. Wednesday after a search revealed no bomb. Spartan Stadium has been evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a bomb threat, according to Michigan..." July 02

  • Michigan State considering $33 million in upgrades

    Michigan Live "The homes of Michigan State’s football and basketball teams could be getting spruced up soon. The school’s Board of Trustees voted Friday to authorize planning for two projects that would upgrade the Breslin Center and Duffy Daugherty Football Building at a combined projected cost of $33..." June 23

  • Michigan State QB Damion Terry recovering from shoulder surgery, expected to be ready for opener

    Michigan Live "Michigan State quarterback Damion Terry is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum and is expected to be ready in time for the team's 2014 opener, the school confirmed Tuesday night. The news was first reported by Spartan Nation. The injury was to Terry's non-throwing shoulder,..." June 18

  • Report: QB Jayru Campbell decommits from Michigan State, still has D1 offers

    Michigan Live "Detroit Cass Tech quarterback Jayru Campbell has announced that has has decommitted from the Michigan State football program after appearing on a WXYZ My20 News report on Monday night. "I would say that I would have opened up the recruiting process again and decommitted from Michigan State,"..." June 17

  • Noah Listermann commits to Michigan State for 2015

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State’s 2015 recruiting class is off to an early start up front — two of its five commitments are offensive linemen after Cincinnati Winton Woods tackle Noah Listermann committed Sunday to the Spartans. Listermann confirmed his choice on Twitter after Scout.com reported it first. The..." June 03

  • Michigan State Commit Jayru Campbell apologizes but gets 60-day jail sentence that will extend into season

    Detroit Free Press "A judge sentenced Detroit Cass Tech football star Jayru Campbell to 60 days in jail, probation and community service today for an assault on a school security officer that was caught on video and widely circulated earlier this year. The 17-year-old must turn himself in July 28, which gives him..." May 30

  • Mark Dantonio wants 50,000 at Green and White game

    Michigan Live "Mark Dantonio has spent the past month challenging his Michigan State football team on the practice field. The Spartans head coach has now turned his attention to the Michigan State fan base. "I want to see 50,000 at the Green and White game,'' Dantonio said. "I think that's where this..." April 18

  • Michigan State WR Macgarrett Kings Jr. suspended for spring drills for undisclosed violation of team rules

    Michigan Live "Michigan State receiver Macgarrett Kings Jr. has been suspended for spring drills on account of an undisclosed violation of team rules, according to Coach Mark Dantonio. Dantonio said Tuesday he does expect Kings back for the fall session, provided Kings remains in compliance with the..." April 15

  • Michigan State's defensive hopes invested in Taiwan Jones, returns are good -- so far

    Michigan Live "Taiwan Jones is saying all of the right things, but it's not what he's saying so much as how he's saying it that makes it so convincing at this stage of spring drills. Jones, at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, has the physical tools to be better than the great collegiate middle linebacker he's trying..." April 03

  • Malik McDowell signs NLI with Michigan State

    CBSSports.com "Five-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell will be a Spartan after all. The Detroit native's highly scrutinized and highly public recruitment finally ended Tuesday night, when McDowell tweeted that his letter of intent had been delivered to Michigan State and mlive.com cited sources "with..." April 02

  • Michigan State QB Connor Cook uses off-season to hone leadership skills

    Detroit Free Press "One year changed Connor Cook forever. From a backup fighting for the starting job to a Rose Bowl champion quarterback, Michigan State’s rising junior now will add one more job description: team leader. “I’ve never been the kind of guy to be a rah-rah leader. I’ve always let my playing do the..." March 29

  • Taiwan Jones to middle linebacker among Michigan State defensive changes

    Detroit News "Michigan State opens spring football practice on Tuesday, and while coach Mark Dantonio is emphasizing that his team needs to learn to handle the success it had last year, there will be some changes. After losing six starters from its Rose Bowl-winning defense, there were a few minor surprises..." March 25

  • In history-making season, loss still motivates Michigan State

    Detroit News "For everything Michigan State’s football team accomplished last season, there is one thing that, collectively, still bothers them. The Spartans won a school-record 13 games, captured the Big Ten championship by ending Ohio State’s 24-game winning streak and brought home their first Rose Bowl..." March 25

  • Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard looking out for No. 1

    Detroit News "Darqueze Dennard is a confident competitor. The Michigan State cornerback might not be as fast as Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, but when the NFL draft starts in May, Dennard almost definitely will be a first-round pick — and could be the first cornerback taken because of his tenacity in..." March 13

  • Recruiting: Michigan State offers athletic Indiana QB Tommy Stevens

    Detroit Free Press "On Monday, Michigan State extend a scholarship offer to Indianapolis Decatur Central quarterback Tommy Stevens. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect now has Big Ten offers from MSU, Iowa, Purdue and Indiana. “Michigan State was the offer today and I am really excited about them,” Stevens told..." March 13

  • Former Michigan State linebacker T.J. Turner passes away at 35

    Michigan Live "Former Michigan State middle linebacker T.J. Turner died on Monday at the age of 35 after battling cancer, according to Turner's hometown paper, the Highland County Press. Turner, from Hillsboro, Ohio, played at Michigan State from 1997-2000 and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick in 1999..." March 13

  • Michigan State offensive changes not visible, but co-coordinator Dave Warner says they're real

    Michigan Live "The biggest difference in Michigan State's offense now from a year ago will not be apparent to the naked eye when the team opens spring drills March 26. Spartans' co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said it's an attitude — not a scheme or a major personnel change. "The biggest difference in..." March 13

  • Big Ten not keen on Friday night football

    Chicago Sun-Times "“Friday Night Lights” is not coming to the Big Ten any time soon. Social media was abuzz Thursday regarding various reports the Big Ten was looking into playing football games on Friday night. The Big Ten’s 10-year broadcast contract for regular-season games with ABC and ESPN is up in 2017...." March 01

  • Kyonta Stallworth sticking with Spartans despite Alabama offer

    Detroit News "Much has happened with Michigan State commit Kyonta Stallworth in recent weeks. One of the nation’s top offensive line recruits, he first transferred from South Lake High in St. Clair Shores to Detroit King. Shortly after arriving at his new school, he was presented with a new offer. "Coach..." February 28

  • Michigan State's Mark Dantonio, football assistants get pay raises

    Detroit Free Press "Here's what Michigan State's football coaching performance has yielded: The third-highest-paid head coach in the Big Ten, the second-highest paid staff and the highest-paid assistant coach. The school announced Tuesday that head coach Mark Dantonio has signed a new deal that increases his..." February 25

  • Max Bullough claims Rose Bowl suspension won’t hurt draft stock

    Detroit News "Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough on Saturday refused to explain what led to his suspension prior to the Rose Bowl. “That’s a situation that I’m not discussing right now,” he said at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. “It’s a personal issue, and I’m moving forward from it. I made..." February 23

  • MSU's Darqueze Dennard rising, Max Bullough falling on NFL draft boards

    Detroit Free Press "Four Michigan State football players will take part in the NFL scouting combine that starts this week in Indianapolis. One looks like a first-round pick, one might be dropping, and the other two have a chance to show they should be drafted. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said on a..." February 19

  • Malik McDowell remains committed to Mich. St.

    College Football Talk "The soap opera that is Malik McDowell and his parents continues to be the lone remaining storyline left over from National Signing Day nearly two weeks ago. The five-star defensive end from Southfield, Mich., announced earlier this month that he would be signing with Michigan State. His..." February 16

  • Four-star running back Darrin Hall visits Michigan State, plus more

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State football has its eyes on one of the top running backs of the 2015 recruiting class: Darrin Hall of Austintown Fitch High School in Ohio. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder already has an offer from MSU and several other programs. MSU will lose running backs Jeremy Langford and Nick Hill..." February 14

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