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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Michigan State senior C Brian Allen as the No. 5 senior draft prospect at his position.

Allen (6'2/305) started all 12 games for the Spartans last season and has started 15 consecutive contests dating back to the tail end of the 2015 campaign. He earned second-team All-Big Ten recognition from the media and third-team honors from the media at the end of the past season. This spring, Allen landed on the Rimington Trophy Watch List. Walter Football's Charlie Campbell views him as a potential Day 3 selection heading into the 2017 season.
Jun 26 - 6:35 PM

Michigan State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 DE Jacob Slade.

While Slade is listed as a defensive end on Scout.com, Michigan State is probably looking to utilize him at defensive tackle. Scout analyst Bill Greene writes that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder "will probably be a 3-technique tackle in the Spartan defense, looking to shoot gaps and disrupt plays behind the line of scrimmage by using his quickness." In a fun note of sorts, Slade's twin brother, Zach (a defensive end) has also committed to Michigan State.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 26 - 1:43 PM

Boston College and Michigan State announced a future home-and-home series.

The Eagles will host the Spartans in Chestnut Hill on Sept. 21, 2024 at Alumni Stadium. Boston College will return the favor at East Lansing’s Spartan Stadium on Sept. 20, 2025. "Philosophically we want to play a strong schedule and adding a future opponent the caliber of Michigan State fits what we want to accomplish," said BC athletic director Martin Jarmond in a statement.
Jun 21 - 1:19 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio confirmed that he will now allow former redshirt sophomore DE Cassius Peat to return to the team.

"We’ve been in contact with Cassius throughout this semester," Dantonio said according to mlive.com. "There’s certain things that you’ve got to get done before you can come back. It’s one of those things, but I don’t want to speak bad about anybody." Peat signed with Michigan State in 2015, took a redshirt as a true freshman, and then transferred to the JUCO ranks for a year. Peat announced in early March that he would transfer back to East Lansing, but obviously that won't be happening.
Jun 14 - 1:14 PM

Michigan State consultant Sheldon White has been named the director of player personnel.

White, a former member of the Detroit Lions front office, was brought on by the Spartans as a consultant last July. Said HC Mark Dantonio of White's new role, "He gives us a great person to bounce things off of, especially in terms of player development, player expertise and things of that nature." His son, Cody White, signed with Michigan State as a three-star recruit in February.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 13 - 8:38 PM

Michigan State OL coach Mark Staten has been promoted to assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.

"It's just going to back to what I came in doing," Staten said, "and then with the associate head coach title, it's trying to help coach D with some of the burden and taking that off of his shoulders." He began to take on an increased role in recruiting when Michigan State initially suspended staff member Curtis Blackwell for his role in an alleged sexual assault. Blackwell has since been fired. Staten will continue to work as offensive line coach even with his promotion and expanded duties. He has been with the Spartans for 11 seasons and has coached under HC Mark Dantonio for 14 seasons.
Source: mlive.com
Jun 13 - 8:20 PM

Michigan State redshirt senior DE Demetrius Cooper remains out on indefinite suspension.

Cooper, who made a plea agreement after being accused of spitting in the face of a police officer last autumn, had the terms of his bond adjusted in early May to include daily alcohol tests after he reportedly violated the initial agreement by consuming alcohol on April 21. While these adjusted bond terms have alleviated legal pressures, it remains to be seen when or if Michigan State will reinstate the 6-foot-5, 253-pounder.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 7:59 PM

Michigan State redshirt junior CB Vayante Copeland is no longer with the team.

MSU HC Mark Dantonio declined to offer specifics, but did toss out a few vague comments, saying, "There are certain things you have to be able to make as you process through from your junior to senior (year)." Copeland has dealt with several unfortunate injuries over the past two years, as he suffered a season-ending neck injury in September of 2015 and a season-ending broken foot in mid-October of the past season. The 6-foot, 195-pounder finishes his Michigan State career having recorded a combined 43 tackles and two interceptions across nine games played.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 4:56 PM

Michigan State is not allowing former redshirt sophomore DE Cassius Peat to return to the team.

Peat was released from Michigan State last August, but planned on re-enrolling for the 2017 season. However, he was told this week not to show up for summer workouts and that there is no spot on the roster for him. Said Peat, a former three-star recruit, "I have respect for them, and I understand it's a business. But morally, man, as a 20-year-old kid with a family, for them to do that is -- I can't even put it into words, to be honest." Michigan State has not offered comment on the situation as of yet.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 11 - 3:54 PM

Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson originally told the coaching staff about the January incident in which Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance were alleged to have forced a young woman to perform sex acts.

University trustee Mitch Lyons told a radio show that Robertson described what happened to HC Mark Dantonio during a scheduled meeting over the winter. ESPN reported that multiple sources said Robertson helped the alleged victim at the party in January. Months later, Robertson was subsequently charged in connection with allegedly raping a different woman in a separate incident.
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 3:05 PM

Michigan State redshirt freshman QB Messiah deWeaver (back) was limited throughout spring practices.

"So he missed the majority – really, almost all – of this spring, so that set him back a little bit," HC Mark Dantonio said. "But I believe he is a fast learner, and he is gonna have opportunities here as he moves forward." deWeaver isn't likely to unseat Brian Lewerke for the starting job this summer.
Jun 6 - 3:35 PM

Michigan State dismissed DE Josh King following a charge of felony third-degree criminal sexual misconduct.

WR Donnie Corley and S Demetric Vance were also dismissed in connection to the alleged sexual assault that took place on January 16. Arrest warrants were issued for all three on Tuesday. On top of the felony third-degree criminal sexual misconduct charge, King was also charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person. King was a four-star recruit in the last cycle.
Jun 6 - 3:15 PM

Michigan State HC Mark Dantonio said redshirt sophomore QB Brian Lewerke is "clearly the starter heading into the offseason."

Lewerke went 25-for-44 for 305 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in the spring game. "I’ve been very impressed with our quarterback, Brian Lewerke," Dantonio said on the Big Ten spring football teleconference. "You know, he’s 215 pounds now. He’s bigger, he’s faster, he throws the ball, he has great rhythm." The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder started two games and appeared in four last season before a broken left tibia wrecked his campaign.
Jun 6 - 1:52 PM

Michigan State dismissed WR Donnie Corley, DE Josh King and S Demetric Vance off the football team after being charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Head coach Mark Dantonio said the decision will stand no matter what the outcome of the process shows. Local police said they spent 1,500 hours on the investigation, including more than 100 interviews and contacts. All three men are charged with criminal sexual conduct involving the same victim.
Jun 6 - 11:37 AM

Three unnamed Michigan State players have been charged with sexual assault.

Per a statement from the Ingham County prosecutor Monday, the charges have to do with an alleged attack that occurred in January. "I have decided to authorize sexual assault charges against the three persons whose warrants were requested by the MSU Police," prosecutor Carol Siemon said. "We are alleging that on the night of January 16, those three persons sexually assaulted a woman in an East Lansing apartment on campus." Typically, he prosecutor's office doesn't release the names of those charged with crimes until they've been arraigned. The three players are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. Former staffer Curtis Blackwell was fired after an investigation found that he violated the university's relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy. Simon did say that HC Mark Dantonio's handling of the sexual assaults was "above reproach."
Source: ESPN
Jun 5 - 5:25 PM


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