MSU hopes to continue setting the standard for the defense in the Big Ten by adding three freshman to the defensive backfield this fall. The “No Fly Zone” defense lost its Jim Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Darqueze Dennard, but still return a lot of talent. Here are the new faces joining the “No Fly Zone”:
The Spartans now have a plethora of depth at the tight end position with Matt Sokol and Montez Sweat joining the team this fall.
Last year, Josiah Price and Andrew Gleichert provided a huge offensive lift for the Spartans. With both of them returning, along with redshirt sophomore Jamal Lyles and junior Paul Lang, Sokol and Sweat will have plenty of opportunities to learn whether they play or redshirt their first season on campus.
Find your “love” to serve, as Mac Roy from Michigan State men’s tennis walks through how to execute a perfect serve. Host of Match Point, Troy Jefferson, learns a few tips of his own, as Roy dives into the ins and outs from set up to release.
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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 sports are explored. Read More…
It has been a long three weeks for the Detroit Tigers.
After playing 16 of the past 20 games on the road and having games in 30 out of the last 31 days, the Tigers are eager to get back in front of their home crowd to the park where they play their best baseball.
The Tigers finished a brutal 20-game stretch with a very respectable 10-10 record. But with the way the road trip began, it had more potential than that. Read More…
Michigan State picked up their latest commitment of the 2015 class, as offensive tackle Noah Listermann chose the Spartans on Sunday over other offers which include Cincinnati, Louisville, and Wisconsin.
Listermann, a 6-foot-7 293-pounder, goes to Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rivals.com ranks Listermann as a three-star recruit, the 28th ranked recruit in the state of Ohio, and the 58th ranked offensive tackle in the nation. Read More…
With two months in the books, the Detroit Tigers have already had as many ups and downs in that span of time as some teams do throughout the entire season. From being 12 games over .500 in the middle of May, to losing 14 of 18 to end the month and begin June, Detroit has been through it all.
New host Tony Garcia is joined by Anthony Serafino, as the two break down their perspectives of the beginning of the 2014 season.
After winning streaks, losing streaks, trades, injuries and ejections, we have nearly reached the conclusion of the first trimester for this lovely 2014 season.
The headline for our loveable Woodward Wildcats was a new and improved Tigers roster on offense and defense. Young and fresh in some aspects, old and experienced in others. Dave Dombrowski took risks in the offseason adding nearly 10 new faces to Detroit’s roster. While not all have made the cut, there are some that have earned their keep. Read More…
After back-to-back NCAA Tournament sweet sixteen appearances in the most competitive conference in the country, the loss of four seniors to graduation left volleyball coach Cathy George facing one of the toughest things to deal with as a college coach — rebuilding.
The Spartans lost Kristen Kelsay and All-American Alexis Mathews to graduation. Mathews traveled this past winter to participate in the USA Volleyball National Team’s winter training block in Anaheim, Calif. Kelsay was the Detroit Athletic Club 2013 Athlete of the Year and the fifth Spartan to ever earn the honor. Read More…
Ask any Detroit Pistons fans what their biggest disappointment of the last decade in Detroit was and their response would probably relate to Joe Dumars.
Dumars made mistake after mistake — from drafting Darko Milicic, trading for Allen Iverson, signing Ben Gordon, unloading Ben Gordon on Charlotte and the list goes on.
Amidst the mistakes, one thing he did right was not sign anybody currently on the roster to a maximum contract. A few players like Josh Smith and Charlie Villanueva are especially overpaid. Villanueva was included along with the original disastrous Ben Gordon deal.
Cleveland has done it again.
They have somehow managed to win the NBA lottery once again, yet disappoint a city full of thousands of fans in a matter of seconds.
This time, I am not even talking about Cleveland fans. They have enough problems. And poor Pistons fans wince at Cleveland’s luck this time. Read More…
Classes have been out for a month, but Michigan State track and field is still hard at work.
The team has been in Jacksonville, Fla. for the past week, preparing for the NCAA Eastern Regional meet that will take place this weekend.
Skilled thrower Antonio James does not put it lightly when asked what it takes to do well in this meet.
It was a stellar finish to an incredible career in the Green and White for senior Allyssa Ferrell.
With her top 10 finish, Ferrell became just the third Spartan in Michigan State history to finish in the top 10 individually at Nationals.
Ferrell was dominant throughout all four rounds, no matter the conditions. Read More…
Ever wonder how club sports at Michigan State operate? Assistant Director of MSU Recreational Sports Angela Michael stopped by Secret Society and gave the inside scoop.
Host Bradley Allen inquires about the requirements and benefits of being an official club sport versus being just a registered student organization. Angela explained some of the history of all of MSU’s recreational facilities, and also the transition from being on the swimming & diving team as a student to working as a lifeguard. Read More…
Wait, what happened? I blinked.
A week ago, fans were comparing Detroit’s team to the World Series winners of 1984. Jump forward one disappointing week, and some are thinking more about the 2003 Tigers.
Since May 19, Detroit has lost seven of their last eight, surrendering an embarrassing 67 runs. Their losses included a road sweep by the Cleveland Indians, losing three of four to the sub-.500 Rangers and getting spanked by the Athletics in their first game at Oakland.
As the summer heats up and college football kicks off in just over three months, Impact Sports figured it is time to start getting hype for the 2014 season.
To help with that, we are starting a weekly position group breakdown, where we provide some names on the roster to look out for and give a preseason grade for each group.
This week, we start with the safeties, who account for half of the “No Fly Zone”.
The panel welcomes a new producer as well as a host of heated debate topics to dig into this week.
The Pact lost the first and only producer of the show, Lou Divizio, as he moved up in the world. Jonathan Yales now takes over to lead the second generation of the show to new heights.
This week’s show began again with guest reporter, Zac Sweirad, to discuss the outcome of MSU baseball’s season and the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Neb.
In a physical game in which the flow of play went back and forth, Lansing United could not find the back of the net.
“I was proud of the guys’ effort. First half, I thought it took us a while to settle in to the game, the environment and the opponent.,” United head coach Eric Rudland said. “Made some changes at halftime, I thought in the second half, I was really proud of our effort, creating some phenomenal opportunities.”
In news that shocked almost all American soccer fans, Landon Donovan was left off of the USA’s roster for the upcoming World Cup.
In this edition of Fino’s Rant, host of The Pact, Anthony Serafino, weighs in on just what head coach Jürgen Klinsmann might have been thinking when leaving Donovan off the roster. Will the decision turn around to bite the US national team in the back?
Russell Byrd announced that he will not be returning to Michigan State next year. He will spend his final year of eligibility at Master’s College in California, according to the Detroit Free Press. Byrd was a highly recruited shooter in high school, garnering interest from high profile programs like Kentucky, as well as Michigan State.
According to MSU head coach Tom Izzo, Alex Gauna has decided to retire from basketball and spend his final year at MSU focusing on his education. Gauna was a three-star recruit, but was one of those players that many people thought could develop into a successful Division-I player under the tutelage of Izzo.
Yet, when this news came out, I could not help but ask myself, “So?”