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Michigan State Spartans news and views: July 12

Another Spartan earns a preseason honor.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Notre Dame Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Allen Named To Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List - Michigan State Athletics
Michigan State senior center Brian Allen has been named to the Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List. The Rimington Trophy annually recognizes the most outstanding center in college football.

College football guru: Michigan State's Mark Dantonio on the hot seat - DFP
On Tuesday, ESPN published Steele's 13 college football coaches who are on the hot seat. Mark Dantonio is on Steele's list, somehow.

Joshua Langford, now healthy, is ready to be the real Joshua Langford |
Langford never fully played to his potential as a freshman. He started behind and mostly stayed there. He showed up in fits and bursts, notably over the final 1/3rd of the season, but never hit his stride.

Look: MSU basketball freshmen appear to reveal jersey numbers - 247 Sports
Jaren Jackson Jr. and Xavier Tillman shared practice photos that revealed their jersey numbers.

July Live Period Preview: What is the July Live Period and why is it so important? | CollegeBasketballTalk
Everything you need to know about the July Live Period, which includes some tidbits on several guys Michigan State is targeting in the Class of 2018.

Five questions worth asking heading into college basketball's July Evaluation Period -
Who will be the first top-10 2018 prospect to come off the board? Will Michigan State land one of the class' elite prospects?

Ex-Spartan Deyonta Davis playing on Memphis' Summer League team - DFP
Former Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis talks about being under Larry Brown's tutelage now, Zach Randolph's tutelage last season and what he's working on this summer.

Players invest in 12-year-old girl's lemonade company -
Former Texans running back Arian Foster and Lions safety Glover Quin are among a group of current and ex-NFL players who have invested in a 12-year-old girl's lemonade company.

University of Miami freshman guard Lonnie Walker to undergo knee surgery | Miami Herald
Lonnie Walker, one of the most highly-touted recruits in recent UM basketball history, tore the meniscus in his right knee in practice and will undergo surgery. Walker was recruited heavily by most of the top college programs before he ended up picking Miami.

'State of the Union' theme headlines NFL business retreat in Miami - ESPN
The three-day event provides NFL players with tips on how to handle life after football, and face time with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith. About 30 NFL players -- Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell -- took part in the three-day retreat, which was held in Miami Beach for the third consecutive year.

5 teams who will make NFL playoffs after missing out last year - CBS
Chargers, Panthers headline teams capable of making the jump to playoffs in 2017.

Butch Jones has done a good job at Tennessee, despite how easy he is to joke about -
He’s turned the Vols around on the field but has not connected with fans. And jokes about the Champions of Life belt will continue in this space at full throttle.

Star or system guy? Judging Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, more -
Dak Prescott earned Offensive Rookie of the Year honors last season, while Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing -- but Bucky Brooks says only one of these Cowboys is a true star.

Tajae Sharpe, Sebastian Tretola of Titans claim self defense in countersuit - ESPN
Two Titans players, accused of assaulting a man outside a bar on the first night of the NFL draft, filed a countersuit Friday and say they acted in self-defense.

Watkins hopes for bigger paydays in wake of mammoth NBA contracts - ESPN
Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins is promoting for him and fellow NFL players to get paid like NBA stars. There’s no question NFL players should be getting more pay than NBA players, at least in terms of guaranteed money.