We are officially 106 days away from the start of the 2021 football season for the Michigan State Spartans, and less than 100 days away from the start of “Week Zero” games. That is both ages away and just around the corner, really. While the offseason news cycle is much slower, there is still a fair amount happening each week.
This week was no exception as a number of noteworthy news items broke. We have a short recap of each here for you below. Among them include news on preseason All-Big Ten selections, national coach rankings, Big Ten revenue for 2019-2020 being released, and more.
2021 College Football Coach Rankings
CBS Sports updated its annual list of rankings for each Power Five college football coach in relation to each other. Michigan State’s Mel Tucker dropped two spots to No. 57 overall following his debut at MSU. The author noted he personally gave Tucker a break for the lackluster debut given his late start, COVID-19 cancellations, and other mitigating factors. Tucker was the second lowest rated Big Ten coach on the list.
Power Five Conference Revenues Released
The 2019-2020 revenue for all but the Southeastern Conference were released this week and published by USA Today (the SEC’s fiscal year ends in August and thus is released later). Among noteworthy items for Big Ten fans is that new conference commissioner Kevin Warren started receiving a paycheck as of Sept. 16, 2019. His pay in the final months of the 2019 calendar year suggest his annual salary is around $4.1 million per year.
Jim Delaney continued receiving paychecks until June 30, 2020 despite supposedly devastating revenue projections in the year ahead due to COVID-19 impacts and the fact he “retired” at the end of 2019. He looks to still be paid as a “consultant” until at least 2023. Personally, I think his revenue should be diverted to Rutgers athletics as punishment for adding them.
Finally, the Big Ten received $768.9 million, which was lower than 2018-2019 totals and resulted in a $1.3 million reduction to the 12 members who receive full shares at this time. However, the total revenue for the Big Ten was more than any other conference last year.
Athlon Releases 2021 Big Ten Football All-Conference Teams
Athlon Sports released its Big Ten Football 2021 All-Conference Team selections. The Spartans tied with Purdue for the fewest total players to be named with five total. The Michigan State players who were named to teams include:
- Jacub Panasiuk, DL, Second-Team Defense
- Jalen Nailor, WR, Third-Team Offense
- Matt Coghlin, K, Third-Team Specialists
- Drew Beesley, DL, Fourth-Team Defense
- Jayden Reed, KR, Fourth-Team Specialists
Spartan Stadium Expected to be “Full” this Fall
The MSU Athletic Department announced yesterday that it is expecting Spartan Stadium to be able to welcome fans with no capacity limits this upcoming fall season for the six home game slate. (Don’t forget to keep up with our ongoing series ranking opponents by difficulty as well).
MSU Women’s Golf at Nationals
The MSU Women’s Golf team is competing at the 2021 NCAA Women’s Golf Championship this weekend. We will be sure to update you on the results next week. In the meantime, catch head coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll’s media remarks below.
Baseball Takes on Rutgers in Weekend Series
It's a Friday Spartan !!— Michigan State Baseball (@statebaseball) May 21, 2021
MSU opens 3-game series at Rutgers in a clash between the Spartans & Scarlet Knights, today at 2 pm.
Follow the action from Piscataway:
The Spartan Baseball team hits the road for the final road series in the regular season. The baseball team is in Piscataway, New Jersey to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The first game of the weekend started today at 2 p.m. EDT. The team returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. and finally on Sunday at noon with all games are steaming on BTN+.
Bennie Fowler signs with San Francisco 49ers
Former MSU wide receiver Bennie Fowler has inked a one-year deal with the San Francisco 49ers, as the team waived former USC wide receive Marqise Lee in a corresponding move.
Michigan State Athletic Director Bill Beekman Willing to Hear Ideas to Reinstate Swimming and Diving Programs
Bill Beekman willing to hear ideas to reinstate Michigan State swimming and diving teamshttps://t.co/SpHhfgFogx— Matt Wenzel (@mwenzel2) May 21, 2021
In October, Michigan State announced it was cutting the men and women’s swimming and diving teams programs at the end of the 2020-2021 season. On Thursday, MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman met with several members of the Battle for Spartan Swim and Dive group over a video call. While the decision to eliminate the program still stands as of present time, Beekman said:
“I would be willing to have another conversation with some subset of people,” Beekman said near the end of the call. “It’s not my style to negotiate in the media but if there’s some number of small subset of people that want to carry on a conversation and explore things in good faith I would be happy to listen and participate in such a conversation.”