Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones, Flint native Mark Ingram named first-team AP All-American | MSU Spartans - - MLive.com
Mr. Jones clinches "consensus" All-American status. Just imagine if the modifier "Michigan State" applied to both players in that headline.
Alamo Bowl Preview :: Texas Tech Offensive Matchups - Double-T Nation
Our only hope on defense: Rack up a basketful of sacks.
Michigan State's Blair White nominated for College Rudy Award | Saginaw Sports - - MLive.com
Unlike Rudy, he'll get to play every single down of his final collegiate game.
BESTS - Big 10 Football Tour
Outrage: U-M's campus better than ours?!
Sagarin Ratings and Football Trends - The Daily Gopher
Cool graph (the second one). Is there a volunteer to do this for the MSU football team? (Hey, asking for a volunteer worked the last time I did it.)
Big Ten Expansion: Grid Of Judgment | mgoblog
Mr. Cook is way too efficient. What's left to talk about for the next 12-18 months? Pitt seems like the clear leader.
Missouri would listen if the Big Ten came calling - Big 12 Blog - ESPN
. . . although the Tigers appear willing to flirt. (HT: Hail to the Orange)
Expanding to 12 teams could hurt Big Ten in BCS, pocketbook - Stewart Mandel - SI.com
Financial cost-benefit analysis far from a
slam dunkextra point.
Basketball Prospectus | Articles | What Happened to Michigan?
They gots the yips, among other things.
Hoops implications of Big Ten expansion | Basketball Prospectus | Unfiltered
A (gasp!) basketball-based look at expansion.
Bonus Nonlaconical Commentary on That Last Link (Well, not so much "commentary" as "thinking out loud")
Mr. Gasaway notes that both of the two most plausible candidates for Big Ten expansion (Missouri and Pitt) look pretty attractive from a basketball standpoint--despite the fact that the financial considerations of expansion are going to rest firmly on the football side of the ledger. That statement is particularly true from an MSU perspective. Missouri would give us a conference foe that, believe it or not, goes out of its way to play at a fast tempo. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, would have great potential as a major basketball rival for MSU, given the sustained national-level (read: NCAA Tournament) success the Panthers have experienced over the last decade.
I do wonder if there's a downside here, though, for MSU basketball. Remember how we haven't won a neutral-court tournament in almost a decade? (How could you forget?) Well, it seems to me that, once you go to a clearly-imbalanced, division-based regular season basketball schedule, winning the conference tournament takes on more prestige relative to winning the regular season championship. While last season's regular season championship broke a 7-year drought, the evidence would still suggest that, for whatever reason, Tom Izzo is better at building teams that win the 12+ games needed to compete for a regular season title (5 such seasons since 2001) than at winning 3 games in as many days (zero appearances in the BTT final over the same span).
The optimistic spin, I suppose, is that when/if the conference tournament becomes a bigger deal, hopefuly Izzo would be able to conjure up more of the getting-his-team-ready-to-play-big-games-on-short-notice magic he's so well known for in the NCAA Tournament.
Anyway, there's another conference expansion angle to chew on.