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Michigan State redshirt senior DB Jalen Watts-Jackson will transfer as a graduate.

Watts-Jackson (5'11/192) will forever have a place in Spartans lore, as he was the young man who infamously ran back a blocked punt for a walk-off touchdown against Michigan in the autumn of 2015. Alas, he also injured his hip on that play and would not play again during the campaign after undergoing surgery to repair the health concern. While he did have his moment in the sun versus the Wolverines, Watts-Jackson ultimately ends his Michigan State career having registered a mere eight tackles. Moving on as a graduate, he'll be eligible to play immediately during the coming campaign once he settles on his next home.
Mar 28 - 3:02 PM

Michigan State sophomore RB Connor Heyward is expected to serve as LJ Scott's backup in 2018.

Heyward (6'0/228) didn't get a chance to touch the ball much on offense last year, but he did return 20 kicks for 438 years as a freshman in 2017. The son of former NFL tailback Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, Connor was a three-star tailback who also had offers from schools like Iowa, Maryland and Georgia Tech. It's entirely possible he'll be the starter who takes over for Scott in 2019.
Mar 8 - 2:57 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said freshman T Dmitri Douglas will be held out of spring practices with an Achilles injury.

Douglas (6'4/282), a three-star early enrollee, was the No. 51 offensive tackle in this past recruiting cycle.
Feb 27 - 7:51 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio indicated that redshirt freshman RB Weston Bridges would likely be withheld from spring practices due to an undisclosed injury.

The Spartans embarked on their first spring practice session on Tuesday sans Bridges. The good news is that Dantonio believes Bridges will be good to go for fall camp. Coming out, Bridges was considered a top-50 running back by Scout.com (No. 32), Rivals.com (No. 39) and 247Sports (No. 42).
Feb 27 - 7:48 PM

Michigan State redshirt freshman LB Darien Tipps-Clemons will transfer.

Tipps-Clemons (5'11/219) was a three-star recruit in Michigan State's 2017 recruiting class. He took a redshirt for his inaugural year in East Lansing. Unless he transfers out of the FBS, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA regulations. He would then have three years eligibility remaining to play around with at his new program-to-be.
Feb 27 - 3:01 PM

Michigan State signed previously uncommitted three-star 2018 S Michael Dowell.

Dowell pledged to the Spartans in May, and signed his letter-of-intent to play for Michigan State in December. He's the third member of his family to join the school, as his twin brothers Andrew and David are also members of the Spartans. A scouting report from 247 Sports says that he has "all the tools you look for in a safety." They ranked the 6-foot, 195-pound defender as the 31st best player at his position, and the 18th best player to come out of the state of Ohio.
Source: M Live
Feb 26 - 7:50 PM

An NFC area scout told NFL Media's Lance Zierlein that his evaluating circles, Michigan State C Brian Allen is referred to as "Bully of the Big Ten."

The scout notes that Allen is "always bringing it to somebody each and every game." This quality in the 6-foot-1, 300-pounder is one which Zierlein also picked up on, with the analyst noting that Allen "will not back down from physical challenges" and "loves to finish blocks with a message." While he has the kind of mix-it-up attitude that's desirable in an offensive line prospect, he's also somewhat undersized and lacks the overt athleticism to land as a Day 2 prospect. The scout in question, here, believes that Allen will ultimately be drafted late on Day 3. Undrafted free agency remains very much in play as well.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 20 - 5:47 PM

Michigan State extended the contract of HC Mark Dantonio through the 2024 season.

Dantonio signed what's termed a "rolling contract" back in 2016, which means that one year is added annually. Per reporters who were present when the one-year extension was approved by MSU's board of trustees this month, there was no real discussion of withholding an additional year on the deal. For all of his on-field success with the Spartans -- Dantonio has compiled a 100-45 record during his decade in East Lansing -- the coach was recently cited in an Outside the Lines report regarding a culture of sexual abuse and violence at the university. At this juncture, it appears that his job remains safe.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 16 - 1:40 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from 2018 three-star WR Jalen Nailor, who had previously been committed to Arizona State.

Nailor had previously been committed to the Sun Devils, but decommitted after former HC Todd Graham was let go. He also had offers from Nebraska, Colorado and Wisconsin, among others. He ranks as the 106th best wideout on 247 Sports composite ranking, and the eighth best player from Nevada in the 2018 class.
Source: 247 Sports
Feb 3 - 5:44 PM

Michigan State hired Eastern Michigan DL coach Chuck Bullough to serve as defensive ends coach.

Bullough has been on staff with Eastern Michigan for the past two seasons. He previously worked as Syracuse's defensive coordinator from 2013-15. This new gig at Michigan State will serve as a homecoming for Bullough, who played linebacker for Sparty in the late 80's. He holds the school record for single-season tackles with 175.
Feb 1 - 2:20 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said that rumors of an impending resignation are "absolutely false."

An Outside the Lines report which released this week detailed that at least 16 football players had been accused of sexual assault or violence against women since Dantonio took over as head coach of the program in 2007. In a statement, he flatly denied any mishandling of these cases, saying, "I’m here tonight to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false" and adding that "[e]very incident reported in that article was documented by either police or the Michigan State Title IX office." Michigan State's school president and athletic director have already stepped down in the fallout of Dr. Larry Nassar's sentencing on child molestation charges.
Jan 27 - 12:08 PM

A report from Outside the Lines revealed that at least 16 Michigan State football players have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women since HC Mark Dantonio took over in 2007.

Outside the Lines discovered this information through interviews and public records requests. In Paula Lavigne's article on the investigation, she writes, "Even more [than the troubling number of accusations], Dantonio was said to be involved in handling the discipline in at least one of the cases several years ago." When asked about how his program was handling alleged incidents involving four players last summer, Dantonio said that "[t]his is new ground for us" and that "it has not happened previously." Michigan State AD Mark Hollis retired on Friday in the fallout from the Larry Nassar's child molestation sentencing earlier this week. Given the environment and the information that is coming to light, Dantonio's job security should very much be considered tenuous. This is a developing story and we'll pass along updates as available.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 26 - 2:00 PM

Michigan State AD Mark Hollis has retired.

Initial reports had Hollis merely resigning, but in his statement (just released) he said that he will retire. This follows the resignation of school president Lou Anna Simon, who stepped down on Thursday. The mass unraveling in the upper echelons of the Michigan State administration comes due to the horrifying case of Dr. Larry Nassar -- who worked as an osteopathic physician at the university and additionally served as the USA Gymnastics team doctor -- who earlier this week was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for child molestation. At least 150 young women have levied accusations against Nassar, with multiple giving emotionally-searing victim impact statements in the leadup to his sentencing. Hollis has served as athletic director at Michigan State since 2008. The lack of institutional control that came to the forefront in this tragedy has been downright appalling.
Jan 26 - 11:43 AM

Michigan State hired Kent State QB coach Don Treadwell to work with defensive backs and special teams.

Not only will Treadwell be handling duties on the defense and special teams, he'll also serve as an offensive analyst and as "freshman head coach," a title which means exactly what it says -- he'll be helping out first-year players in their transition (both on and off the field) from high school to college. Treadwell is intimately familiar with HC Mark Dantonio, having previously worked under Dantonio at Michigan State as OC from 2007-10. He also spent time with the Spartans' head honcho when Dantonio was at Youngstown State back in the 80's.
Jan 23 - 6:09 PM

Michigan State is promoting linebacker coach Mike Tressel to defensive coordinator.

Tressel has been on Spartan HC Mark Dantonio's staff with Michigan State since he was hired as head coach back in 2006, and he's worked with him since Dantonio was at Cincinnati in 2002. He replaces former defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett, who left to take the same position for Florida State earlier this month.
Jan 19 - 6:34 PM


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