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Rounding up a surprisingly full few days of Spartan News without talking about that thing that happened

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Connor Cook made the preseason Maxwell Award watch list, which goes to the nation's "Top Player" (whatever that means). This is non-surprising but pretty cool; Indiana's quarterback made the list too and he plays for Indiana.

The NCAA release Men's Basketball attendance numbers and MSU checks in at fourteenth in the nation in terms of average attendance. That's solid, but also consider that MSU is tied for first in the Big Ten in terms of percentage of capacity at 100.3% per game. What a down year for MSU basketball. #ScrapTheProgram

2016 Four-Star WR and MSU target Donnie Corley was rumored to be making his decision on Friday, but has delayed. With or without him, the 2016 class is loaded and has a solid 2017 WR in the fold, too.

Phil Steele released an interesting experience chart, which goes beyond simple letterman returning or starters returning and created a blended metric for experience. MSU comes out on top here; it made me re-do my returning experience chart:

Ohio State is still the gorilla in the room, but Penn State and Michigan don't appear to have the experience advantages for next year suggested by simple returning starters. Rutgers and Maryland are the twin-suck moons of the B1G East, and it's still Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Minnesota competing in the B1G West. Certainly more encouraging than before.

2016 QB Commit Messiah deWeaver had a good day at the Elite 11, at least according to Bleacher Report. deWeaver is a great recruiter in his own right, and having him at the Elite 11 and at The Opening will be boosts for MSU.

MSU basketball announced a non-conference series with Florida. Florida This is cool; getting both Louisville and Florida at the Breslin next year is a nice change of pace from the typical neutral-court and away B1G-ACC challenge fare. The only reason this could be bad would be the effect on my wallet.

CBS Sports did an Athletic Department Ranking not unlike the Director's Cup, but with Football and Men's Basketball weighted more heavily. MSU checks in sixth. If you use their numbers for football and basketball alone, then MSU would be second behind Ohio State. Our sportyball players are really, good. Okay, I'm done here.