It’s the summer/offseason, but there is still plenty of news, notes and developments to recap for Michigan State athletics.
Below is a list of stories, tweets and links from The Only Colors and other various websites around the internet regarding the Spartans and the Big Ten Conference for the past week or so.
Update: On Thursday night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics to win the 2022 NBA Finals. Former Michigan State men’s basketball player Draymond Green is now a four-time NBA champion.
NBA CHAMPION pic.twitter.com/1E1umiNTwh— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) June 17, 2022
Note: This story was originally published on June 16 at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.
Michigan State News and notes roundup:
- Former Michigan State safety Khari Willis surprisingly announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday. Willis, 26, played just three seasons in the NFL for the Indianapolis Colts. Willis will now focus on pursuing ministry full-time.
- As college athletes continue to find unique name, image and likeness opportunities, Michigan State tight end Maliq Carr has joined the NIL program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Additionally, Michigan State football players recently announced the launching of the East Lansing NIL Club.
- The Big Ten announced the conference’s 2022 media days will take place in Indianapolis on Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday July 27. Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker and selected players will be available to speak during the second day of the event.
- The Big Ten also recently announced the establishment of an LGBTQ+ Working Group as part of the Big Ten Equality Coalition.
- The Michigan State and Gonzaga men’s basketball programs are reportedly in “advanced discussions” about potentially playing a neutral site game on an aircraft carrier in San Diego on Veterans Day.
- The Michigan State women’s basketball team has added transfer Kamaria McDaniel to the roster. McDaniel formerly played at Baylor and Penn State.
- The Michigan State hockey team recently got a commitment from Sioux Falls Stampede forward Karsen Dorwart.
- Schedule news: Michigan State hockey has released its non-conference schedule, while the volleyball team’s full schedule is now available. The MSU women’s basketball team also announced its home and away Big Ten opponents on Thursday, as did the men’s basketball team.
- New head coaching hires: Michigan State men’s tennis has hired Harry Jadun as head coach, while the MSU softball program will now be led by Sharonda McDonald-Kelley. In other coaching news, longtime men’s basketball assistant coach Mike Garland recently announced his retirement.
- Tucker and Michigan State continue to stay hot on the recruiting trail. Most recently, the Spartans received verbal commitments from four-star offensive lineman Clay Wedin, four-star cornerback Jaylon Braxton and four-star linebacker Jordan Hall. MSU’s 2023 class currently includes 11 total commits, with eight four-star prospects.
- Speaking of recruiting, the Detroit Free Press examines how Tucker is transforming Michigan State into a destination for top-level recruits (subscription required).
- Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller is in support of selling alcohol at Spartan Stadium, according to the Lansing State Journal. But, as of now, a law in the state of Michigan prohibiting doing so during college sporting events still stands in the way.
- Michigan State men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo recently joined Colin Cowherd on a radio show, and discussed several topics, including Draymond Green, NIL, the transfer portal, his future and more. The full interview can be watched below:
- Michigan State football wide receiver Jayden Reed and safety Xavier Henderson were named preseason All-Americans by Phil Steele.
- Several Spartans also made Steele’s preseason All-Big Ten team, including Reed, Henderson and linebacker Cal Haladay being named to the first-team.
- The Michigan State men’s basketball team is back to train for the summer.
Let's work ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/IrZ9pxTiKZ— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) June 15, 2022
- Additionally for the men’s basketball program, four-star power forward/center Jaxon Kohler has arrived on campus. Fellow freshmen Tre Holloman (four-star point guard) and Carson Cooper (center) recently arrived in East Lansing as well.
- Michigan State football season tickets are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased here.
- The Michigan State athletics department gave a behind-the-scenes look at the Tom Izzo Football Building Project launch.
Take a look behind the scenes of the Tom Izzo Football Building Project Launch. pic.twitter.com/sFjkNqRwlo— Michigan State Athletics (@MSU_Athletics) June 15, 2022
Coming soon to East Lansing: The Tom Izzo Football Building pic.twitter.com/AIRYgGcKHD— Michigan State Men's Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) June 16, 2022
- Current Michigan State women’s golfer Valery Plata and former Spartan golfer Liz Nagel will compete in the Meijer LPGA Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan from June 16-June 19. Meanwhile, Michigan State men’s golfer James Piot is currently competing in the U.S. Open.
Plata, Nagel to Tee Off this Weekend in the Meijer LPGA Classic - https://t.co/009vp6mjIZ— Spartan Women's Golf (@MSU_WGolf) June 16, 2022
- Former Michigan State women’s soccer player Ava Cook has been called up to join the United States U-23 team.
- The Michigan State track and field program recently completed a strong year, as the women’s team finished ranked No. 13 in the U.S. Track Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (TFCCCA) rankings, and the men’s team finished ranked at No. 15 in the country.
Two of the best programs in the NCAA!— MSU Track & Field/XC (@MSU_TFXC) June 14, 2022
In the final standings for the @USTFCCCA Programs of the Year, the MSU women finished 13th while the Spartan men were 15th in the nation.
https://t.co/p3x1Iv5nPZ#GoGreen | #NCAATF pic.twitter.com/NecoHu3gov
- Speaking of track and field, MSU’s Morgan Beadlescomb recently finished as runner-up in the men’s 5,000 meters race at the NCAA Championships. He ends his incredible career as a Spartan by finishing as a nine-time All-American. Additionally, John Petruno earned second-team All-American honors after finishing ninth in the men’s 1,500 meters.
Gave it all he had!— MSU Track & Field/XC (@MSU_TFXC) June 11, 2022
Running a time of 13:28.38, Morgan Beadlescomb finishes as the runner-up in the men’s 5000m finals.
He ends his college career as a nine-time All-American between track and cross country.#GoGreen | #NCAATF pic.twitter.com/RkKLv44jbL
Running among the best!— MSU Track & Field/XC (@MSU_TFXC) June 11, 2022
John Petruno places ninth in the men's 1500m finals, posting a 3:46.56 time to earn Second Team All-American honors and finishing .28 seconds shy of the podium.#GoGreen | #NCAATF pic.twitter.com/7owwAOpmex
- Michigan State men’s tennis has signed blue-chip prospect Ozan Colak. He is ranked as the No. 6 player in the class of 2022.
After verbally committing to and decommitting from @MSU_MTennis, blue-chip recruit Ozan (Colak) Baris (UTR 13.19 / #6 in class of 2022 / #1 in Michigan @TennisRecNet) has signed with the Spartans. The 18-year-old has an ITF juniors career-high ranking of #12, winning 14 titles. pic.twitter.com/RLy5kAADxp— Parsa Bombs (@ParsaBombs) June 15, 2022