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Steve Dykes

Oh, what could have been.

Russell Byrd is transferring with a year of eligibility left to finish out his college career at The Master's College out in California. By all accounts, Byrd is a great kid who just couldn't get it figured out in East Lansing. He came to MSU with loads of hype as a deadeye shooter with solid athleticism and good size. In the end, that hype might have played a role in derailing his Spartan career. That, and the nagging foot injuries that started while he was still in high school.

Despite all his troubles and the fans that berated him in social media, I know the majority of Spartans wish Byrd the best of luck. We'll always have that night in Iowa City, Russ.

MSU's Russell Byrd chases fading basketball dreams with transfer to The Master's College | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

And he's marrying Klarissa Bell, so things aren't all bad.

Alex Gauna likely to forgo his final year of basketball at MSU | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

Sounds like he just has more important things in life now.

ESPN college football expert Ivan Maisel: 'I don't know how you couldn't like Michigan State | MLive | mlive.com

Me neither, Ivan.

Spartans' Micajah Reynolds now trying out with Dolphins | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

And he's back on defense.

MSU upsets Illinois in Big Ten baseball opener | Lansing State Journal | lansingstatejournal.com

Spartans will play No. 2 seed Nebraska at 6 p.m. Thursday.