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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 senior RB Madre London will transfer as a graduate.

London (6'1/216) will be graduating from MSU in May and will be eligible to play immediately with his new program-to-be come the start of the 2018 season. While he's never been the most explosive back and was largely relegated to a backseat role over the past two campaigns -- rushing for 424 yards on 105 combined carries in that space -- this is a somewhat intriguing under-the-radar transfer. He never had a starting shot over LJ Scott in East Lansing and has next to no tread on his tires. If he lands in a spot where he'll receive real opportunities to play, he could end up with respectable numbers in the range of 700-800 yards. He rushed for 500 yards as a true freshman, so such output would not be completely beyond the pale.
Feb 9 - 4:22 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

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that Michigan State will hire former Kent State HC Paul Haynes as its secondary coach.

Haynes is coming off a forgettable 14-45 stretch as Kent State's coach. He will fille the vacancy left by Harlon Barnett, now Florida State's defensive coordinator. Haynes turned down a multiple offers to join Mark Dantonio's staff.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 3:50 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline passes along that Michigan State C Brian Allen "has been steady during all three [East-West Shrine Game] practices."

"Allen consistently opened up the middle of the line, and I was impressed with his ability to quickly get to the second level then take out linebackers," Pauline wrote of the 6-foot-1, 300-pounder's showing on Wednesday. The analyst notes that Allen has a "great head" for the game and has shown sharp fundamentals during the week. NFLDraftScout.com stamps him with a seventh-round grade at this juncture, though that should have room to bump up if he continues to impress during the evaluating process. Michigan State has had at least one player selected every year since the common draft started up back to 1967.
Jan 17 - 5:23 PM

Football Scoop reports that former Kent State HC Paul Haynes is expected to join the staff at Iowa State.

Football Scoop doesn't say what Haynes role will be with the club, and that he will choose the Cyclones over offers from Cincinnati, among others. He left the Golden Flashes after Kent State let his contract expire, and finished with a 14-45 record in his four years at the university.
Jan 11 - 7:15 PM

Michigan State senior C Brian Allen accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Allen (6'2/305) was considered one of the better centers in the class coming into the year, and didn't do anything to change that opinion in a season that saw Michigan State win 10 games and the Holiday Bowl. He's currently projected as a Day 3 selection by various draft outlets.
Jan 6 - 6:54 PM

Michigan State redshirt freshman QB Messiah deWeaver will transfer.

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound deWeaver was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle and redshirted his first year in East Lansing. With Brian Lewerke -- who started all 13 games for Sparty this year -- entrenching himself as starter, deWeaver will be looking for a more open path to seeing real on-field action with his next move. Should he transfer to another FBS outfit, he would have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Source: 247Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 09:39:00 PM


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