Football isportsweb.com —  It’s another Tuesday morning in the fall of East Lansing as Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio makes his way to the media center at the north end zone of Spartan Stadium. With a smile, Dantonio takes a seat in front of dozens of media members where he’s about to be hit with questions for the better part of next 35 minutes. “Here we are again, huh?” he says, still smiling. He knows today’s press conference is going to be tough.
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Football mlive.com —  Alex was diagnosed with cancer during his senior year at Lansing Catholic High School. He died before completing his freshman year. After Alex died, Juliana Powell said she was talking with friends and family wondering how she and her husband Steve could honor Alex’s memory. Someone jokingly tossed out the idea of a race between MSU and U-M’s football stadiums, and the idea went from there. “I wanted to give back to the two places that really helped us,” she said.
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Football mlive.com —  There are many burning questions when it comes to this week's Michigan-Michigan State game in East Lansing. So I pared it down to five while chatting with MLive.com beat writers Nick Baumgardner (Wolverines) and Mike Griffith (Spartans).
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Football mlive.com —  Mark Dantonio concluded last spring that Michigan State hadn't "arrived yet" when it came to the NFL recognizing the talent in his program. That could change at this year's draft being held in Chicago from April 30-May 2, with as many as eight Spartans being projected to be selected.
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Football detroitnews.com —  It's Michigan week. That means a high number of visitors in East Lansing on Saturday when the Spartans take on the Wolverines. There will be three official visitors; two are already committed -- quarterback Brian Lewerke and offensive lineman Tyler Higby. The third is Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas defender Chris Hart, who Scout.com southeast manager Chad Simmons says is a safe bet to be a contributor.
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Football spartannation.com —  There’s so much to enjoy during Michigan week. These teams, while not sporting matching records, both come to the game with some major playmakers. And as we’ve discussed, that means this game will likely be determined by the heart, passion, and motivation of either side’s playmakers.
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Football isportsweb.com —  If you were to time travel 10 years ago and tell someone, anyone, in the state of Michigan that in 10 years, Michigan State would be favored by 17 points in a game against Michigan, they would have laughed in your face and called you crazy.
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Football freep.com —  It's fascinating to listen to the Spartans talk. Every so often, without fail, they mention "Coach D" in passing. They bring up something he has taught them. Something he has engrained in them. Dantonio has built a powerful, well-oiled machine at Michigan State. It is a team fashioned in his own likeness. Intense. Focused. Hardworking. Never satisfied. And forever feeling slighted. The Spartans are ranked No. 8 in the country, but they still act and talk as though they are the underdogs.
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Football mlive.com —  Lippett has recorded more than 100 receiving yards in each of his last three games, including 123 yards on seven catches Saturday at Indiana. His 112.3 yards per game lead the Big Ten, as do his eight touchdown catches. As his standout senior campaign crossed the halfway mark, more aggressive defensive tactics against him still haven't put a dent in his production.
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Football freep.com —  He's up for them all, nervous about them all, equally fiery against Eastern Michigan and Michigan, in the coaching box and on the sideline. A missed tackle is a missed tackle to Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi. Put three in a row on one play – as the Spartans did last week at Indiana on a 75-yard reverse for a touchdown – and you may as well have keyed his vehicle. "It didn't go good in the film room," Narduzzi said.
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Football freep.com —  "It'll be like taking candy from a baby." Michigan State receiver Plaxico Burress was just a sophomore in 1998 when he said those words a few days before MSU's trip to Ann Arbor. It's not that the Spartans were on top of the college football world — they were just 1-2, but they had momentum after a 45-23 rout of Notre Dame.
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Football freep.com —  Co-offensive coordinator Dave Warner said Wednesday that U-M's defense might be the most talented to date for the Spartans, and he expects an aggressive attempt to halt MSU's running game and bump its receivers. It worked for much of last year's game for the Wolverines. "People forget that," Warner said. "You look and, until the last drive, certainly the last drive was a nice way to finish it. But prior to that, we didn't run the ball with any consistency."
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Football freep.com —  Four men with Michigan State ties are among 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 87 players and 25 coaches from the divisional ranks up for election to the College Football Hall of Fame. Those on the ballot from MSU are former receiver Kirk Gibson and running backs Clinton Jones and Lorenzo White, along with Darryl Rogers, who coached the Spartans in 1976-79.
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Football freep.com —  Michigan State will host multiple class of 2015 prospects on official visits this weekend. Below are some details on the players who will be on campus.
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Football msuspartans.com —  Since 2007, the Spartans have: won two Big Ten Championships; played in two of the three conference championship games, winning one; and prevailed in the Rose Bowl.
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Football detroitnews.com —  To say the program Mark Dantonio took over at Michigan State in late November of 2006 was in disarray would be a massive understatement. When the head coach at Cincinnati was tabbed to replace John L. Smith, the Spartans had been to only two bowl games in seven seasons, compiling a 38-45 mark along the way as they took a significant plunge, one that started almost immediately after Nick Saban left for LSU after the end of the 1999 regular season.
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Football detroitnews.com —  Another time, another life and maybe Le'Veon Bell wouldn't be a running back. Truth is, the budding Pittsburgh Steelers star grew up wanting to be Randy Moss. Genetics did him in. Rather than long and lithe, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Bell is long and layered, his hopes of sprinting through the secondary on his way to an elaborate touchdown dance dashed by thighs that double as cinder blocks.
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