Michigan State Rumors & News

  • Michigan State expected to land Nebraska grad transfer Kevin Williams

    Detroit Sports Nation "According to multiple reports, Michigan State will be receiving a boost in depth on their defensive line. 247sports.com is reporting that Nebraska graduate transfer DT Kevin Williams will play his final season in East Lansing with the Spartans. Williams will be joining a defensive line that..." May 15

  • MSU defensive tackle Damon Knox won’t return for 6th year

    Lansing State Journal "Defensive tackle Damon Knox will not return to Michigan State for a sixth year, the school released Friday afternoon. MSU coach Mark Dantonio said in a release that Knox, who graduated in December, will instead be pursuing a career in law enforcement. An athletic department spokesman said MSU..." May 14

  • Mark Dantonio ‘disappointed’ watching Connor Cook’s draft free fall

    College Football Talk "Every year a player falls unexpectedly in the draft, and this year’s poster boy, aside from Laremy Tunsil‘s gas mask bong and Confederate flag imbroglio, on that front was Connor Cook. The former Michigan State quarterback was thought by some to have a chance at landing toward the end of the..." May 02

  • 4-star WR Hunter Rison, son of Andre, recommits to MSU

    Detroit News "Ann Arbor Skyline wide receiver Hunter Rison announced via social media he's recommitting to Michigan State. The announcement comes after the son of former Michigan State and NFL wide receiver Andre Rison decommitted in November. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound receiver was the first member to commit..." April 01

  • Report: Four-star DL Auston Robertson signs with MSU

    Detroit News "Fort Wayne (Ind.) defensive lineman Auston Robertson has signed a letter-of-intent to play for Michigan State, according to 247Sports. Robertson, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound four-star prospect, first committed to Michigan State in June and played in the International Bowl VII in Texas on..." March 30

  • Michigan State draft prospect Cook: 'No red flags'

    ESPN "Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook has heard all the questions. He doesn't pay attention to the people who say there are character concerns with him entering the NFL draft, but he also thinks he knows why the question is there. Simply, it's because he wasn't named a captain his final year..." March 17

  • Michigan State QB Tyler O’Connor Blasts Scouts, Media Critical Of Connor Cook

    College Spun "Michigan State junior quarterback Tyler O’Connor undoubtedly knows his former teammate, Connor Cook, better than any NFL scout or member of the media. Monday, O’Connor took to Twitter to defend Cook ahead of the NFL Draft. Cook has been criticized on a number of occasions over the past few months..." February 29

  • Connor Cook says shoulder back to 100 percent

    Pro Football Talk "At points over his last couple of years at Michigan State, quarterback Connor Cook looked like a player who could develop into a starting quarterback in the NFL. He’s generally ranked outside this year’s top three prospects at the position, but how high Cook goes will be affected by the final..." February 21

  • Spartans reward Mark Dantonio, coaching staff with raises

    ESPN "After leading Michigan State to the College Football Playoff last season, coach Mark Dantonio and his assistants have been rewarded with raises. The school announced Friday that Dantonio's annual compensation package will increase from $3.67 million to $4.3 million. The contract, which also..." February 20

  • Michigan State commit facing battery charge

    The Score "Highly touted defensive end Auston Robertson announced Wednesday morning that he was reopening his commitment and that he wouldn't announce his decision on signing day. But later Wednesday, a report by the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode revealed Robertson is facing a misdemeanor battery charge..." February 03

  • King's Lavert Hill picks Michigan over MSU

    Detroit News "It’s no wonder multiple head coaches of national powers were trying to get their hands on Detroit King's Lavert Hill. Hill, a four-star standout, had the ability to change the momentum of a game on both sides of the ball for the Division 2 state champion Crusaders. He got in on 40 tackles and..." February 03

  • Michigan State AD 'concerned' over possible night game against Michigan

    CBS Sports "Michigan State and Michigan have been playing football against one another since 1898, but none of the 108 meetings between the rivals have come at night. If Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis gets his way, they never will, at least not in East Lansing. While Michigan State will be..." January 22

  • MSU makes strong bid to flip 5-star RB Miles Sanders

    Detroit News "As the dead period ends and college coaches hit the road, Michigan State enters the last dash toward National Signing Day with recruiting momentum. Detroit King wide receiver Donnie Corley’s commitment to the Spartans could be seen as the start of that. Two of the names that have Spartan fans..." January 15

  • Connor Cook declines Senior Bowl invite, training in San Diego for NFL combine

    Michigan Live "Michigan State all-time leading passer Connor Cook has played his final game at the collegiate level, declining an invitation to take part in the Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. Cook, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner, is back in San Diego training with renowned quarterback guru..." January 11

  • MSU's Conklin leaving early for NFL draft

    Detroit Free Press "From "zero-star" walk-on in 2012 to NFL first-round pick in 2016 -- that will sum up the brief and dramatic journey for Michigan State's Jack Conklin if the April 28 draft goes as planned. Conklin will be in it, MSU announced in a news release today. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound fourth-year junior..." January 06

  • Michigan State loses appeal in records fight with ESPN

    Detroit News "The Michigan Supreme Court denied a request for appeal from Michigan State on Wednesday, a decision stemming from a suit filed by ESPN after names of students were redacted from incident reports the network requested. It means Michigan State will have to disclose the names of suspects who were..." December 24

  • Michigan State University's Mark Dantonio discusses 'double-talk' prepping for Alabama, being misidentified

    Alabama "Mark Dantonio said Wednesday that his Michigan State football team's offense will look a lot like it always has against Alabama — but different. "When you get ready for these games you don't want to go away from exactly who you are, because you've gotten to that point by being who you are,"..." December 23

  • Archie Griffin accepts MSU QB Cook's apology

    Detroit Free Press "Ohio State football great Archie Griffin says that the perceived slight by Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook after the Big Ten championship game "looked a lot worse than it really was." But he appreciates Cook calling him to apologize for it. "I accepted his apology," Griffin told the..." December 11

  • MSU's Connor Cook wins Unitas award as top QB

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State has had linemen, a receiver, a defensive back and a linebacker honored as best in the nation at their respective positions, but never a quarterback. Until now. MSU senior Connor Cook, the winningest and perhaps best quarterback in school history, was named winner of the Johnny..." December 09

  • Connor Cook apologizes to Archie Griffin after trophy flap

    Michigan Live "Connor Cook checked his Twitter mentions after Michigan State's Big Ten championship game win Saturday night expecting to see praise for his team's title and upcoming trip to the College Football Playoff. Instead, he found an avalanche of criticism over how he accepted the MVP trophy. On the..." December 07

  • Clemson, Alabama, Michigan St., Oklahoma play for title

    CBS Sports "Three months of college football and six weeks of rankings are now in the books as we now know the four teams set to compete in for the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship. Undefeated at 13-0, Clemson claimed the No. 1 spot and celebrated their tremendous season with 20,000 fans..." December 06

  • Evanston DT Naquan Jones recommits to Michigan State football's 2016 class

    Michigan Live "Naquan Jones -- a 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle from Evanston Township High School in Illinois -- has recommitted to Michigan State's 2016 recruiting class. Jones was among three players who reopened their recruitment after MSU's loss to Nebraska in November so that he could take other..." December 02

  • MSU expects 3 players back as sixth-year seniors in ’16

    Detroit Free Press "Meet three of Michigan State’s key recruits for 2016: a linebacker, offensive lineman and defensive tackle who will have three bachelor’s degrees, 15 years in the MSU program and 67 years on Earth between them. If all goes as planned, linebacker Ed Davis, offensive guard Brandon Clemons and..." November 25

  • MSU's Cook upbeat, not specific, on shoulder injury

    Detroit Free Press "Connor Cook was OK with a general question about what is certain to be the most discussed shoulder in the state of Michigan this week. “Shoulder’s great,” the Michigan State senior quarterback said today of his right shoulder, which was injured Saturday. “Feels good.” He was not OK with a..." November 17

  • Connor Cook leaves Maryland game with apparent injury

    ABC News "An apparent shoulder injury kept Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook on the sideline for the second half of the 13th-ranked Spartans' 24-7 win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon. Cook temporarily left the game in the first half when a hard hit left him favoring his right arm. He returned..." November 15

  • Big Ten says refs handled controversial Nebraska TD correctly

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "The Big Ten says its officials used “proper officiating mechanics” on Nebraska’s controversial game-winning touchdown against Michigan State. The controversy arose when Huskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong found wideout Brandon Reilly down the left sideline for a 30-yard score with 17 seconds..." November 09

  • Plaxico Burress politely disagrees with the Michigan State - Nebraska officials

    Awful Announcing "Another week, another NCAA officiating controversy. A week after the ACC suspended an entire officiating crew for botching the end of the Miami-Duke game, this time a terrible call had an impact on the College Football Playoff chase. The undefeated Michigan State Spartans drew the short straw..." November 09

  • Ex-Michigan coach Brady Hoke: I wouldn't have punted

    Detroit News "Former Michigan coach Brady Hoke, now a twice-weekly national radio co-host, said he would not have punted at the end of the Michigan-Michigan State game and instead tested his defense. The Wolverines lost to MSU on a botched punt in the final 10 seconds last Saturday at Michigan..." October 21

  • Spartans special teams hero Watts-Jackson has surgery on fractured hip

    Detroit Free Press "He has a name that will forever be associated with the Michigan State/Michigan rivalry, and a hip that will require months to heal. Jalen Watts-Jackson had surgery today at U-M Hospital in Ann Arbor to repair a fractured and dislocated hip, suffered as he tumbled into the end zone with the..." October 19

  • Fan suffers heart attack at end of Michigan game

    Larry Brown Sports "The end of the Michigan-Michigan State game on Saturday was extremely stressful and probably caused many fans to have metaphoric heart attack. Apparently it also gave a fan an actual heart attack. ESPN’s Dan Murphy reported the news shortly after Michigan State’s stunning 27-23 win." October 18

  • Michigan LB Joe Bolden ejected from Michigan State game for targeting

    Michigan Live "Michigan's now been called for two targeting calls in two weeks, and is down another linebacker during the first half against Michigan State. Michigan senior linebacker -- and captain -- Joe Bolden was flagged for a targeting personal foul penalty during the second quarter of Saturday's game,..." October 17

  • 5-star Hayes to visit MSU; OSU flip?

    Detroit Free Press "Ann Arbor Skyline's Daelin Hayes is the No. 1 recruit according to Rivals.com in the state of Michigan for the class of 2016. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound prospect recently re-opened his recruitment after he decided to de-commit from the Southern California. Michigan State is one of the schools that is..." October 15

  • RJ Williamson the latest MSU starter lost to injury

    Detroit Free Press "Another day, another devastating long-term injury for Michigan State football. MSU coach Mark Dantonio said senior safety RJ Williamson had surgery today to repair a torn bicep, suffered in Saturday's 24-21 win over Purdue. Williamson may be able to return for the last game of the regular..." October 05

  • Spartans LT Jack Conklin out with knee injury

    ESPN "Michigan State left tackle Jack Conklin will not suit up for the Spartans against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday because of an injured left knee. Conklin, an All-America candidate, has started 31 of the past 32 games at tackle for No. 2 Michigan State. He suffered the injury in last week's..." October 03

  • MSU's Mark Meyers pleads guilty to impaired driving

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State junior safety Mark Meyers pleaded guilty today to impaired driving stemming from a Sept. 6 incident in East Lansing, the Ingham County Prosecutor's office confirmed. Meyers was arrested by MSU Police early the morning of Sept. 6 and charged with operating while intoxicated. He..." October 01

  • MSU's Jack Conklin does not have season-ending injury

    Detroit Free Press "Jack Conklin will be back at some point this season, Mark Dantonio confirmed with an indirect answer today, a revelation no doubt accompanied by the exhales of many Michigan State football fans. “There's been no season-ending injuries other than the two we've talked about,” Dantonio said of..." September 30

  • Michigan State backup DE Montez Sweat suspended, says Mark Dantonio

    Michigan Live "Michigan State redshirt freshman defensive end Montez Sweat did not play against Air Force on account of being suspended, coach Mark Dantonio said on Tuesday. Dantonio did not specify the reason Sweat has been suspended, nor did he provide a timetable for when he might return. The No...." September 23

  • Mark Dantonio confirms Michigan State CB Vayante Copeland out for season with fractured vertebrae

    Michigan Live "Michigan State cornerback Vayante Copeland is indeed out for the year, and the Spartans will be taking every precaution going forward given what type of injury he has. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio confirmed Sunday night that Copeland will miss the rest of the season, and announced that the..." September 21

  • QB Connor Cook on not being voted a Michigan State captain: 'It stinks'

    Lansing State Journal "A subject isn't really closed until the subject speaks, and Connor Cook did so today on not being voted an MSU captain. Before he did, MSU coach Mark Dantonio said at his news conference that Cook "drives the car, the truck, the train, pilots the plane, however you want to term it." Before..." September 01

  • Report: Dantonio says RB Delton Williams is eligible to play

    College Football Talk "The return of Michigan State running back Delton Williams appears to be in the hands of the running back. According to a one report, Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio says the running back will be eligible to play for the Spartans in the season opener next week. Hondo Carpenter of Spartan..." August 26

  • Pat Narduzzi: Ohio State stole our defense, won a national championship

    CBS Sports "Throughout the history of football, on both the professional and collegiate level, teams have stolen ideas from other teams. Typically if a team does something to you that works, you want to figure out what they did, and do it yourself. It's nothing new, and according to new Pitt coach Pat..." August 24

  • MSU LB Ed Davis suffers season-ending knee injury

    Detroit Free Press "The first major adversity of Michigan State's 2015 football season has arrived, weeks before the season opener -- senior linebacker Ed Davis has been lost for the season with a knee injury. MSU tweeted the news tonight, reporting that Davis suffered the injury midway through today's practice..." August 13

  • Michigan State CB Darian Hicks out several weeks with mononucleosis

    ESPN "Michigan State cornerback Darian Hicks will miss the first several weeks of training camp due to mononucleosis, coach Mark Dantonio told reporters Saturday. Hicks started 10 games for the Spartans in 2014 and was going to be a part of an open competition for a starting spot in the secondary..." August 09

  • Former Michigan State commit Gavin Cupp commits to Ohio State

    Land-Grant Holy Land "A week and change after attending the annual Ohio State Friday Night Lights camp and having his scholarship pulled by Mark Dantonio and the Michigan State Spartans coaching staff, former MSU pledge Gavin Cupp is now a Buckeye. Accepting his offer from the Buckeyes shortly after receiving his..." August 05

  • Nick Saban responds to Plaxico Burress' comments

    CBS Sports "Nick Saban took a lot of flak last week following his comments about draft grades being a distraction to his players before their Sugar Bowl loss to Ohio State, including from one of his former players, Plaxico Burress. Following the comments Burress took to his Twitter account. Burress tweeted..." July 20

  • Plaxico Burress says Nick Saban lied to Spartans, has no room to talk

    ESPN "Nick Saban was called out by one of his former players Wednesday after the coach called for the timetable for players to receive feedback on their NFL prospects to be pushed back because it was a distraction. Plaxico Burress, who played for Saban at Michigan State, ripped his former coach on..." July 16

  • Suspended RB Delton Williams expected to return to Michigan State football team sans scholarship

    Michigan Live "Tailback Delton Williams is expected to return to the Michigan State football team, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Williams, a rising junior from Erie, Pennsylvania, could rejoin the team as early as this month in the Spartans' voluntary summer workouts, barring..." July 03

  • Sophomore Jalyn Powell granted release from Michigan State, transferring to Youngstown State

    Michigan Live "Sophomore linebacker/safety Jalyn Powell has been granted a release from Michigan State and is transferring to Youngstown State, according to two people with knowledge of the transfer. Powell, a hard-hitting 5-foot-11, 195-pounder from Warren, Ohio, appeared in nine games last season and made..." June 23

  • MSU lands commitment from 3-star West Bloomfield WR

    Detroit Free Press "West Bloomfield wide receiver Trishton Jackson verbally committed to Michigan State this morning, becoming the 19th member of the Spartans' 2016 recruiting class. Jackson is listed at 6-feet-2 and 181 pounds and is rated as a three-star recruit by rivals.com. The site ranks him as the No. 11..." June 18

  • Michigan State pickup hoops game goes bad, like NCAA violation and blown Achilles bad

    Sporting News - NCAAF "The torn Achilles tendon that Michigan State assistant coach Harlon Barnett suffered last summer happened as the Spartans were committing an NCAA violation. It was, as MLive.com noted, a case of adding insult to injury — quite literally. The injury and violation, subsequently self-reported..." June 17

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