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  • Curtis Blackwell lawsuit against Mark Dantonio dismissed

    Michigan Live "A combative and public legal battle between former Michigan State football staffer Curtis Blackwell and former university leaders appears over. Blackwell’s federal lawsuit against former Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio, former president Lou Anna Simon and former..." May 20

  • 5 College Football Teams That Will Be Most Impacted By The Coronavirus

    Sportsnaut "As things stand, the world will certainly not be back to business as usual by the time normal college football season rolls around due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, it seems the season is still going to happen one way or another. How exactly this altered season will..." April 28

  • Jay Johnson's job is to fix Michigan State football's offense. Here's his plan

    Detroit Free Press "Jay Johnson considers himself “a Big Ten person at heart.” He also understands the task at hand: Fix the offensive issues that have plagued Michigan State football the past two seasons. It starts up front for the Spartans’ new offensive..." March 28

  • Magistrate: Curtis Blackwell's 17-month case against MSU's Mark Dantonio, others should be tossed out

    Detroit News "A federal magistrate in west Michigan is recommending a full dismissal of the lawsuit against Mark Dantonio and other former Michigan State officials, saying the lawyers for Curtis Blackwell have made mistake after mistake and attempted to "harass" the former football coach in a case..." March 21

  • Former Michigan State Football Staffer Alleges Team Videotaped Other Team's Practices

    12 Up "The Michigan State football program is in some seriously hot water right now. A former Spartans football staffer, Curtis Blackwell, has filed a lawsuit against the university alleging that they filmed future opponents' practices, that he was discriminated against due to his race, and that..." March 10

  • Penn State AD hired search firm to negotiate new James Franklin contract

    College Football Talk "Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour appears to really be a fan of a particular search firm. So much so she hired one to do part of her job and recommended them to a rival school to boot. Those are a few of the takeaways after reporter Andy Wittry decided to..." February 29

  • Michigan State football hires Scottie Hazelton as defensive coordinator to complete staff

    Detroit Free Press "Mel Tucker’s first Michigan State football staff is complete. And he raided another Power 5 program to land an architect for his defense. Tucker hired Scottie Hazelton from Kansas State as the Spartans’ defensive coordinator, the 10th and final..." February 29

  • Early reactions to college football's offseason coaching hires

    The Score "Now that Colorado has landed former Miami Dolphins receivers coach Karl Dorrell, college football's hiring-and-firing season has concluded (we think). Placing grades on new head coaches can be a futile task. Two years ago, Scott Frost (Nebraska) and Chip Kelly (UCLA) were..." February 29

  • Alabama adds former Michigan State standout Max Bullough to program's coaching staff

    Saturday Down South "Nick Saban has added to his army of support staff coaches as former Michigan State standout defender Max Bullough has joined the Alabama coaching staff. Bullough worked on Cincinnati’s coaching staff last year.  During his time at Michigan State, Bullough played for Mark..." February 27

  • Michigan State hires Ted Gilmore away from Wisconsin to coach tight ends

    Detroit News "New Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker continues to swiftly round out his staff. On Friday, he hired Ted Gilmore as his tight ends coach, the seventh hire since Tucker was named Mark Dantonio's successor early last week. Gilmore, 52, makes the leap from one..." February 21

  • Michigan State hires Jay Johnson as offensive coordinator

    Detroit Free Press "Mel Tucker is bringing more of his offensive staff to try and jump-start Michigan State football.  Jay Johnson will be the Spartans’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the school announced Thursday. The 50-year old held the same role on Tucker’s staff..." February 21

  • Michigan State investigating NCAA violation claims against former coach Mark Dantonio

    USA Today "Michigan State University is investigating whether former football coach Mark Dantonio violated NCAA rules.    Attorneys for Curtis Blackwell II, a former director of college advancement and performance/camp director for the MSU football program, filed a photo in..." February 18

  • Photo from recruit shows Mark Dantonio lied about Curtis Blackwell visit

    Larry Brown Sports "Mark Dantonio has been caught in a lie, and there is photo evidence to prove it. Dantonio, who stepped down as Michigan State’s head football coach two weeks ago, has been involved in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by his former staff member, Curtis Blackwell. In the..." February 18

  • Michigan State Player Threatens to Transfer if Mel Tucker Doesn't Bring Back His Position Coach

    12 Up "The Michigan State football program was given a bit of a shock when Mark Dantonio stepped down as head coach this offseason. That move saw Mel Tucker get hired for the job and as with any new coach, assistants aren't sure if they will be retained. That is..." February 17

  • Michigan State football assistants Ron Burton, Mike Tressel joining Mel Tucker's new staff afterall

    Detroit Free Press "Mel Tucker’s Michigan State football staff is coming together. And it will retain at least two familiar faces. Ron Burton, an assistant for Mark Dantonio since 2013, has changed his mind and will remain with the Spartans as the defensive line coach. In..." February 17

  • Mel Tucker's contract as Michigan State football coach worth more than $5.5 million per year

    USA Today "Michigan State gave new football coach Mel Tucker a significant pay raise from his job at Colorado – and a much bigger salary than his predecessor, Mark Dantonio. Tucker’s contract, which the university released Thursday afternoon, will bring him at least $5.5..." February 15

  • With Mel Tucker not retaining any Dantonio staff members, two key Michigan State figures decide to retire

    College Football Talk "It’s out with the old and in with the new at Michigan State. As expected in the wake of Mel Tucker’s hiring as the Spartans new head coach, staff changes are afoot in East Lansing. According to the Detroit Free Press, none of former coach Mark..." February 15

  • Mel Tucker cleaning house at Michigan State

    Larry Brown Sports "Mel Tucker has taken over as the new head football coach at Michigan State, and he is apparently planning some big changes. Tucker is not going to retain any of Mark Dantonio’s assistant coaches, the Detroit Free Press’ Chris Solari reported on Thursday night. " February 14

  • Colorado denied Mel Tucker chance to bid team farewell

    The Score "Colorado didn't allow Mel Tucker to address his players after accepting a deal to become the head coach at Michigan State, sources told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. Buffaloes athletic director Rick George told reporters Wednesday that Tucker didn't speak to the..." February 13

  • Michigan State's Mel Tucker hire underscores type of competitive imbalance NCAA ignores

    USA Today "Mere hours after a media tour to explain why he had rejected overtures from Michigan State to remain as Colorado’s football coach, Mel Tucker reversed course Tuesday night and reached an agreement to leave Boulder after just one season and head to East..." February 12

  • Mel Tucker Reportedly to Be Hired as Michigan State Head Coach

    Bleacher Report "The Michigan State Spartans have reportedly agreed to hire Mel Tucker as their 17th head coach in program history Tuesday night, according to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. The Spartans began their coaching search after Mark Dantonio announced he was stepping down as..." February 12

  • Michigan State is Getting What They Deserve in Pathetic Coaching Search

    12 Up "The post-Mark Dantonio era at Michigan State is becoming almost as much of a painful slog as the end of the Dantonio era was. After coaching this team to a 114-57 record since taking the job in 2007, Dantonio screwed Michigan State and resigned a week ago to spend more time..." February 11

  • Michigan State scrambling to find coach

    CBS Sports "Mark Dantonio stepped down as Michigan State's head coach on Feb. 4 after 13 seasons and three Big Ten titles with the Spartans, and the coaching search that's ensued has run into as many dead ends as a 3-year-old encounters inside a 2-acre corn maze. Several high-profile..." February 10

  • Cincinnati's Fickell turns down Michigan State job

    Detroit Free Press "Cincinnati football coach Luke Fickell will not be Michigan State's next head coach.  Fickell has decided to stay with the Bearcats, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports was first to report the..." February 10

  • Michigan State athletic director returns from Cincinnati, but without coach Luke Fickell

    Detroit Free Press "Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman walked off an airplane Sunday afternoon in Lansing, after a trip to Cincinnati.  But he did not have the next Michigan State football coach on the plane with him. Beekman was expected to interview Luke Fickell on Sunday for..." February 09

  • Football Coach Mel Tucker ‘Committed’ To CU Amid Interview For Michigan State Position

    CBS Denver "University of Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Mel Tucker is reportedly set to be one of two candidates to interview for the Michigan State head coaching job. A twitter post Friday evening by the Detroit Free Press said Tucker and Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell were both..." February 09

  • Luke Fickell looking likely for Michigan State job?

    Larry Brown Sports "Michigan State is working hard to find a new football coach, but the list of candidates is shrinking against their wishes. Colorado coach Mel Tucker pulled his name from consideration for the job Saturday, joining San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh in declining to..." February 08

  • Robert Saleh Declined to Interview for Michigan State Head Coaching Vacancy to Stay With 49ers

    12 Up "San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator made a name for himself this season after the way his defense played. This made him a head coaching candidate this offseason and he received interviews while he was preparing for postseason play. A new job has now opened up..." February 07

  • Pat Narduzzi posts hilarious video to shut down Michigan State rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "Pat Narduzzi was the defensive coordinator for the Michigan State Spartans before he took the head coaching job at Pitt prior to the 2015 season. So when the Spartan job opened up, there was some thinking that Narduzzi could be a candidate. Based on what he posted Wednesday afternoon,..." February 05

  • Luke Fickell addresses rumored candidacy for Michigan State job

    247 Sports "Michigan State was stunned at the sudden resignation of Mark Dantonio as their head coach. Defensive coordinator Mike Tressel serves as the interim head coach while the university lays out their plans for a last minute coaching change. Current Cincinnati..." February 05

  • The Timing of Mark Dantonio's Resignation is Questionable at Best

    The Big Lead "Mark Dantonio stepped down from his post as Michigan State Spartans head football coach on Tuesday afternoon. It was a surprise move considering the timing (tomorrow is signing day) and circumstances. Not to mention, as many are pointing out, it is screwing Michigan State. " February 04

  • Michigan State coaching candidates: Luke Fickell, Pat Narduzzi lead replacements for Mark Dantonio

    CBS Sports "Mark Dantonio's retirement can't be that much of a surprise. Embroiled in a wrongful termination lawsuit, Coach D merely had to get past Jan. 15 when he collected a $4.3 million retention bonus. Lately, Dantonio had been criticized not only for the downturn of the football..." February 04

  • Mark Dantonio stepping down as Michigan State head coach

    WXYZ "Michigan State Football head coach Mark Dantonio has announced he is stepping down after more than a decade at MSU.       To all Spartans: Thank you for everything. You have truly..." February 04

  • As Mark Dantonio collects big bonus, questions hover over Michigan State football

    USA Today " Mark Dantonio wakes up Thursday $4.3 million richer. The future of Michigan State football’s assistant coaches remain in limbo. As Dantonio’s contract rolls over, he will receive the longevity bonus that was written into his deal nearly four..." January 16

  • Joe Moorhead expected to land Oregon's OC job

    The Score "Former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead is expected to be hired as the offensive coordinator at Oregon, reports Brett McMurphy of Stadium. Moorhead spent the last two seasons in the SEC, where his Bulldogs posted a 14-12 cumulative record. " January 15

  • Former Michigan State football coach George Perles dies at 85

    Detroit Free Press "George Julius Perles, the polarizing and outspoken former Michigan State University football player, coach, athletic director and Board of Trustees member, died late Tuesday night, the Free Press has learned. He was 85. Perles died peacefully in East Lansing with his family..." January 08

  • Michigan State linebacker with family connection to Michigan enters transfer portal

    College Football Talk "Transfer portal season never really stops, but this is the time of year when decisions about playing futures are most abundant. On Thursday, Michigan State linebacker Edward Warinner reportedly entered his name into the transfer portal. What’s interesting to note is..." January 02

  • Seventh Michigan State player enters portal since season began

    College Football Talk "For Michigan State and its ever-shifting roster, the portal has become almost second nature. The latest subtraction from said roster is Dimitri Douglas, with an MSU official confirming that the offensive lineman is listed as available in the NCAA transfer database. The fact that..." December 07