Football detroitnews.com —  Michigan State’s defense has been among the best in the nation the last three seasons, finishing second overall last year. And while the Spartans must replace six starters on defense, there is a belief there will be little to no drop-off headed into this season. To achieve that, it seems at least a true freshman or two might get a shot to play. Much of that speculation has surrounded the interior of the line, a position the Spartans restocked through what coach Mark Dantonio has called likely one of his best recruiting classes.
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Football mlive.com —  ESPN.com’s Brett McMurphy tweeted parts of a conversation he had with Dantonio, including a candid remark on his demeanor. “I’m the most serious looking, least serious person you know,” Dantonio said. “I’ve tried to loosen up." Dantonio also told McMurphy that more than 20 schools have visited Michigan State for ideas about defense since the end of last season.
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Football espn.go.com —  Mark Dantonio talks about the rivalry with Michigan, the play of QB Connor Cook last season, and making up for the loss of talent and leadership on defense.
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Ice Hockey msuspartans.com —  Registration for the third annual Spartan Hockey Women's Clinic, hosted by Michigan State head coach Tom Anastos and his wife, Lisa, is now open. The clinic will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 3 from 6-10 p.m. at Munn Ice Arena.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State players and coach Mark Dantonio agree, incoming freshman defensive lineman Malik McDowell looks every bit the part of the 5-star prospect he was billed to be during his recruitment. "Malik McDowell now weighs 286 pounds, he's going to be a player, you can see that,'' Dantonio said at Tuesday's Big Ten media day round table session. "Malik McDowell is a guy who is very light on his feet, he's very quick.''
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio doesn't typically challenge his players in the media, and that might not have been the intent of the Michigan State head coach on Tuesday at the downtown Hilton at Big Ten media day. That said, Lawrence "L.T." Thomas is on the clock.
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Women's Rowing msuspartans.com —  Michigan State alumna Emily Regan has earned a spot in the United States four that is headed to the 2014 FISA World Rowing championships in Amsterdam, as announced by US Rowing on Monday. Eighty athletes have been named to the US contingent, with the athletes in four more boats to be finalized in the coming days.
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Football mlive.com —  After spending two days in Chicago talking everything Michigan State football at Big Ten media days, Spartans coach Mark Dantonio is headed to Connecticut for another media day of sorts. Dantonio is scheduled to be at ESPN headquarters in Bristol Wednesday to participate in the "car wash" -- a marathon of ESPN programming across a variety of platforms during a five-hour span.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Voting is underway for the 2014 Michigan State Football student section t-shirt. Fans can vote for one of the three options for each the front and the back of the shirt, all of which are designed by Nike. Polling will close on Friday, August 1 at 12 p.m. ET.
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Football mlive.com —  Michigan State fans have spent the summer revelling as game after game on the Spartans schedule has been announced as a night kickoff -- evidence of the program’s increasing stature drawing more a primetime television audiences. But for many of the Michigan State players, the feelings are different about the increasing amount of late kickoffs.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Some people are said to be products of their environment. Michigan State free safety Kurtis Drummond's work ethic and character were molded from the example set by his mother, Evette, while growing up in Masury, Ohio.
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Football msuspartans.com —  When Connor Cook made his first start at quarterback for Michigan State against South Florida in the second game of last season, he wasn't lacking for confidence. As Cook became even surer of himself week after week, the Spartans finished the season with a 10-game win streak and Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championships.
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Football freep.com —  If Shilique Calhoun can do to the “C” gap what he did to the Hilton Chicago Continental Ballroom on Tuesday, he and Michigan State will be on their way to fulfilling expectations.
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