Mark Jackson Coaching the Detroit Pistons? Thanks, but No Thanks

Mark Jackson, the head coach for the Golden State Warriors, was fired May 6 after spending three season with the Warriors.

The Detroit Pistons are in search for both a new general manager and a new head coach. While many fans would love to see Jackson manning the sidelines in Auburn Hills, the Pistons would be wise to let Jackson coach somewhere else.

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MSU Hockey Alums to Represent Team USA

A couple of former MSU hockey players have earned the honor of pulling over the red, white and blue jerseys this spring.

Justin Abdelkader and Jeff Petry were both selected to represent Team USA in the upcoming 2014 IIHF World Championships located in Belarus.

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Spartan Baseball Drops Close Game to Nebraska

If only MSU was playing horseshoes and hand grenades.

The stage was set — alumni day, sunny and beautiful weather, and a big crowd. It was the perfect day for a MSU win but the Spartans fell short, 5-3, in the first game of a three-game series versus Nebraska.

It was a close game, but there was no ‘W’. And coach Jake Boss was frustrated after the loss. Read More…

Trae Waynes Looking to Fill Big Shoes This Season

Cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard and Trae Waynes both had very similar beginnings to their Spartan careers.

Both players were relatively undervalued coming out of high school, each earning a two-star rating from recruiting database Rivals.com. And they both emerged as talented players during their sophomore seasons, as they each earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

Now, just as Dennard had to do, Waynes will now be charged with replacing a star corner. Read More…

Dennard Drafted by Cincinnati Bengals with Pick No. 24

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft Thursday night contained many surprises. And when there are surprises, some players are bound to drop later in a round than expected.

Among those surprise players was former Michigan State cornerback, Darqueze Dennard.

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Eric Ebron Goes to Lions with the 10th Pick in the 2014 NFL Draft

“And with the 10th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select, Eric Ebron, tight end out of the University of North Carolina.”

The Tarheel was coveted as the best tight end in the draft and Mel Kiper’s eighth-best available player. With draft superstar wide receiver Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans already off the board, the Lions looked to grab an offensive weapon in Ebron.

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Horsepower – #9 – 5/9/14

Cameron Billes and Colin Jackson bring you the ninth edition of Horsepower.

Listen for a discussion of who could be the next Pistons’ general manager, whether Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas makes more sense for Detroit in the upcoming draft, a few NBA playoff predictions and a whole lot more.

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Predictions: Where Will the Former Spartans Go in the NFL Draft?

Darqueze Dennard

Darqueze Dennard is the only Spartan projected to be drafted in the first round.

The first team you see with a need at cornerback is the Detroit Lions at pick No. 10. I have said many times that I think it will be a mistake for Detroit to pass up on Dennard, but it is a mistake they are likely going to make.

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Secret Society – #12 – 5/7/14

While most MSU students are wrapping up their school year, some club sports are just getting started. This week’s guests are all about swimming, biking and running.

On the 12th installment of the Impact Sports Club Sports podcast, Secret Society host Bradley Allen met up with Josh Isaacson and Santiago Arrangoiz of Michigan State Triathlon.

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Spartan Playbook: Three-Step Drop – Connor Cook

MSU quarterback Connor Cook teaches how to execute a three-step drop, when 300-pound lineman are rushing a QB. Learn in two minutes and fine-tune your game.

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Spartan Playbook connects sports fans to the most high-profile athletes at Michigan State University. In each episode of Spartan Playbook, the most strategic moves in each sport are explored.

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Former Running Back Winston Looks to Start Fresh in NFL

Ex-Spartan running back Glenn Winston had an embattled career while wearing the green and white.

In 2008, he led the team with 364 return yards his freshman year in only seven games before being suspended after a fight with members of the hockey team.

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Ray Shines, Cabrera Comes Alive as Tigers Win Seven Straight

There has been a different Miguel Cabrera stepping to the plate every game for Detroit. On Tuesday, it was the one the Tigers want to see.

The MVP went 4-for-5, with four RBIs, including a solo shot in the first. It was Cabrera’s second four-hit game of the season and his first since April 4. The big fella for Detroit has gotten off to a slow start in the month of April, only batting .275.

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Spartans Add More Weapons to Freshman Class

While the Michigan State men’s hockey team grows “organically” in order to improve for what will likely be a defining year, they will not have to do it alone. In addition to their two previous National Letter of Intent signees (defenseman Josh Jacobs and goaltender Edwin Minny) MSU head coach Tom Anastos recently announced the official addition of defenseman Carson Gatt (brother of current Spartan senior Nickolas Gatt) and forward Dylan Pavelek.

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Women’s Golf Makes Nationals for Third Consecutive Year

The Michigan State Spartans women’s golf team will be going to the National Championships for the third consecutive year under head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

The Spartans were in control of their finish from the start, as they started the tournament posting their best mark of any day, a 291 three-over-par, and were in fifth place as the day concluded.

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The Pact – #29 – 5/5/14

The condensed panel of Fino, Austin and Lou start the show discussing the comments of L.A. Clippers’ owner, Donald Sterling.

With summer being the time of playoffs, this week’s show was split right down the middle in order to cover both the NBA and NHL playoffs.

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Pitching Prowess Leads Detroit to Sixth Straight

Max Scherzer left everything on the field Monday night, including a soon-to-be-trademarked fist pump indicating a strong performance. Magic Max pitched eight solid innings, striking out nine and only allowing three hits in a 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

The Detroit bats seemed to calm down after returning from Kansas City: Rajai Davis’ RBI single in the seventh and Victor Martinez’s solo shot in the eighth being the difference makers. A far cry from the 26 runs and 42 hits against the Royals, two runs and six hits put away a Houston team unable to produce against the Cy Young winner. Scherzer did not allow a base runner past second base.

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Track and Field Create Momentum over the Weekend

The word “momentum” has been the key word lately for Michigan State track and field.

With one last major meet before the Big Ten Outdoor Championship, the athletes were hoping for a good outcome to surge them into a good place in the rankings.

At the Dave Rankin Invitational hosted by Purdue this weekend, the team had the opportunity to race against Big Ten teams such as Ohio State and Purdue giving MSU a taste of the competition to come. MSU proved that certain events were no longer a work in progress. Read More…

Northwestern Sweeps Softball in Final Big Ten Weekend

In the final weekend of Big Ten conference play, the Northwestern Wildcats swept the Spartans.

Coming into the three-game series, the Wildcats were on a four-game losing streak before the Spartans came to town. This streak came to a stifling end, with the 8-0 victory the ‘Cats had over MSU on May 2, the first game of the series.

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Men’s Golf Finishes Weekend Strong, Posts Solid Mark at Big Ten Championships

The Michigan State men’s golf season came to an end on Sunday, May 4 when the Spartans tied for seventh place at the Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind.

Michigan State shot their best round of the tournament on Sunday, an 11-over-par 299, but it was not enough to come back. The Spartans shot a 1212 (303-307-303-299) over the four rounds, as they posted the second-lowest mark of the third round, 303, just two shots behind the eventual champions, Minnesota Golden Gophers.

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