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Michigan State football: Winning would cure everything

Just win, please.



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Michigan State football has had a tough offseason with seemingly no end in sight but winning would cure just about everything.

It’s been a rough offseason for Michigan State football. Transferring star players, misses on top recruiting targets, decommitments, and coaching departures and changes. It’s been a whirlwind.

Following a disappointing 5-7 season, however, we shouldn’t have expected a perfect offseason. No programs have “perfect” offseasons unless you’re Georgia or Alabama but winning in 2022 would have made this offseason run much smoother.

It all started with the conclusion of bowl hopes following a crushing 2019 Illinois-esque loss to Indiana at home. The Spartans went out and lost at Penn State to end the year.

And then Germie Bernard entered the transfer portal shortly following the season despite being a projected starter in 2023. He would join Jayden Reed as the only receivers leaving the program but Courtney Hawkins’ room looked to still be on the top-tier end of things.

Following this tough departure, defensive line coach Marco Coleman left for his alma mater as Georgia Tech offered him the same job back at home. This would hurt the defensive line recruiting slightly because all of the top targets built relationships with him.

As if the departure of Coleman wasn’t bad enough, pass rush specialist Brandon Jordan took a job with the Seattle Seahawks. He was critical to recruiting elite defensive linemen. Guys like five-star David Stone and four-star Xadavien Sims (now committed to Oregon) took notice.

A few days after Jordan left, four-star 2024 receiver Nick Marsh decommitted.

Michigan State then parted ways with Saeed Khalif who was thought to be a great hire the year prior. It was a move that really started to panic among fans.

A little over a month later and on the final day of the transfer window being open, Payton  Thorne, Keon Coleman, and Charles Brantley all entered their names into the portal. All were potential starters for the upcoming season (Coleman was for sure) and it signaled the final repercussions from the 5-7 season. Coleman decided to transfer to a winner in Florida State, Thorne went to Auburn, and Brantley opted to return.

Wait, did I say those were the final repercussions from the disappointing 2022 campaign? Jamari Howard decommitted in May, top target Xadavien Sims committed to Oregon, and a few top transfer receiver targets picked other schools.

Disaster. Total disaster.

The offseason has come with very little good news and it stems from the disappointing 2022 season which made Mel Tucker’s 2021 campaign look like an outlier.

You know what would likely fix that? Winning.

While things look and feel grim, winning would cure basically everything. It always does.

We are being hard on Tucker and Michigan State football because we expect more. This is a program that has been built into a winner by Mark Dantonio and although the end of his tenure was forgettable, he forever elevated expectations. A five-win season isn’t going to cut it.

If Tucker finishes 5-7 again this season and misses a bowl, you’ll see the trajectory of the program continue to steer downward. If he can right the ship and win 7-8 games and get back to bowl eligibility with a chance at 8-9 total wins, we’ll see the effects of the success. We’ll see recruiting pick up again, players will buy back in, fans will ease off the “hot seat” talk with Tucker, and the program will feel like it’s in a much better place.

But Tucker has to win games first. He needs to show that 2021 wasn’t the outlier but rather 2022 was.


Michigan State football: Washington game time, channel announced

Fans won’t be too thrilled about the channel.



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The Washington vs. Michigan State football rematch is on Sept. 16, and the Spartans have revenge on their minds.

The game time for the Washington vs. Michigan State football game was just announced and is one I think most Michigan State fans will be happy with. The game will kick off at 5 p.m. ET on Sept. 16.

This is a great start time for Michigan State fans. That will give fans plenty of time to travel to East Lansing, enjoy a tailgate and get into the stadium. On top of that, the game will get down around 8 p.m. ET which is good for the crowd that does not like to be out late.

However, I think a lot of fans were hoping for a noon start time in this game. A noon start would have been a 9 a.m. local time for Washington, likely giving the Spartans a slight advantage. It’s no surprise seeing this big of a game scheduled in the evening to avoid that.

On top of the game time announcement, where the game will be aired on TV was also announced. This is where the good news ends. The Spartans game against Washington will only be available for streaming on Peacock. That means Spartan fans at home will have to pay to watch this game. However, a simple Google search showed me that Peacock currently only costs $20 for the entire year. A lot of Big Ten football and basketball games will only be available on Peacock this season, so that may not be a bad investment to make right now if you can.

What would a win mean for Michigan State football?

Michigan State will have revenge on its mind in this game. Washington beat the Spartans last season in Seattle 39-28. The game however did not feel that close. Michigan State made a late comeback to make the final score look respectable, but a lot of fans will tell you we never really stood a chance.

Washington will likely be a top 10 heading into this matchup, so Michigan State has a great opportunity in front of it. A win would would help spring the Spartans into the conference season with a lot of positive momentum.

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Jordan Hall hosts second annual free youth football camp (Video)

Jordan Hall is a legend already.



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Michigan State freshman linebacker Jordan Hall continues to show just why he’s one of the best out there.

Jordan Hall is already showing signs of being the next great Spartan on and off the field.

The Michigan State freshman linebacker was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Va. However, he most recently moved to Bradenton, Fla., to play football at IMG Academy.

This past weekend, Hall returned home to Fredericksburg to host his second annual free Jordan Hall Youth Football Camp.

Hall has already been making a name for himself on the field for the Spartans this spring. His play and effort has been praised by fellow players and coaches alike. IMG Academy has a long history of producing high-quality athletes. This makes Hall’s tenure in the program even more noteworthy. He became the first three-time captain in IMG Academy history.

When coaches are recruiting players, they are hoping to find the perfect mix of talent and character. You don’t become a three-time captain of a storied school like IMG Academy without having both.

In a recent interview with Spartan Shadows, Cryeeta Hall said of her son, “One of his favorite things he loves to do is teach the game of football to kids. He loves to coach.”

Michigan State fans are excited to see what Jordan Hall can contribute on the field, but his character off the field so far is creating just as much excitement. When you see a young man with the heart and determination to give back to his hometown, it lets fans know this is the sort of player you can to rally around and support. Mel Tucker has shown intentionality in his recruiting. He has a specific type of player that he’s looking for. Jordan Hall epitomizes a Tucker type of player.

Hall has the potential to earn immediate playing time this year as a true freshman. I’m not a betting man but if I were, I’d wager that we’ll see him as a team captain for the green and white sooner than later.

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Mel Tucker is best coach in the Big Ten when it comes to one stat

This may surprise you.



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Mel Tucker is the best coach in the conference when it comes to this one surprising stat.

Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker is one of the best coaches in the Big Ten when it comes to close games.

This may surprise some considering two of Tucker’s three years at Michigan State have resulted in losing seasons. But the data shows that Tucker knows how to come out on top when the game is close.

He has been at Michigan State since 2020. During that three year timeframe he boasts a 10-1 record in games decided by 10 points or less which is the best record in the conference during that span.

Here is a list of all 11 of those games:


  • at Michigan (W 27-24)
  • vs. Northwestern (W 29-20)


  • vs. Nebraska (W 23-20)
  • at Indiana (W 20-15)
  • vs. Michigan (W 37-33)
  • vs. Penn State (W 30-27)
  • vs. Pittsburgh (W 31-21)


  • vs. Wisconsin (W 34-28)
  • at Illinois (W 23-15)
  • vs. Rutgers (W 27-21)
  • vs. Indiana (L 39-31)

How impressive is this really?

A 10-1 record when games are within 10 points is extremely impressive. The only loss on this list is Indiana from last season, a game Michigan State likely should have one. The Spartans ended up losing in overtime to the Hoosiers, but were a chip shot field goal away from winning in regulation. That is a field goal college kickers make almost every time, so Tucker’s one loss on this list could easily have been another win.

Regardless, 10-1 is the best winning percentage in games decided by 10 points or less in the Big Ten during that three-year span.

This is how the rest of the Big Ten teams fared during this same timeframe:

  1. Michigan State: 10-1 (.909)
  2. Maryland: 8-3 (.727)
  3. Iowa: 11-5 (.688)
  4. Indiana: 7-4 (.636)
  5. Purdue: 12-7 (.632)
  6. Ohio State: 3-2 (.600)
  7. Michigan: 6-4 (.600)
  8. Minnesota: 9-7 (.563)
  9. Rutgers: 7-6 (.538)
  10. Wisconsin: 6-7 (.462)
  11. Penn State: 5-7 (.417)
  12. Northwestern: 5-9 (.357)
  13. Illinois: 6-11 (.353)
  14. Nebraska: 5-16 (.238)

What does this tell us about Mel Tucker?

One thing this tells us is the Tuck is a great in game coach in tight situations. No coach goes 10-1 in close games by accident. Sometimes there is a lot of luck involved with winning close games, but that’s not necessarily the case when you win them this efficiently. Anyone can close a game out when you are up by 20, but not everyone can win a close game in the closing seconds.

This statistic is not all good though. Michigan State has won 18 games during the past three seasons. This means that over half of the games Mel Tucker has won at Michigan State have been within 10 points. For a program with extremely high goals, that fact is a little scary.

As I mentioned before, sometimes luck has to be on your side to win these close games. So relying on winning a lot of close games to have a great season is not a recipe for success.

One things for sure though, as long as Mel Tucker is the coach at Michigan State, we stand a very good chance at winning any close game.

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