Mike Lantry, 1972
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis announced Friday, Oct. 29 that the Spartans have signed contracts for a three-game series with Boise State. The Spartans will kick off the series with Boise State on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, in East Lansing, Mich. The 2012 season and home opener will be televised nationally by ESPN.
Michigan State's 2012 seven-game home schedule features Boise State, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern.
The second contract is for a home-and-home series, beginning Sept. 17, 2022, in the 33,500-seat Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Broncos will make the return trip to Spartan Stadium on Sept. 16, 2023.
"We're extremely excited about this special opportunity to kick off the 2012 season with a nationally televised game against Boise State, the nation's winningest football program since 1997 (140-31, .819)," Hollis said. "As we try an innovative concept with a Friday night Labor Day weekend game, we couldn't pull something like this off without campus-wide cooperation.
"Since Michigan (K-12) schools don't begin fall classes until after Labor Day, high school teams will play their football games on Thursday that week, making this is a great way for our fans to kickoff the holiday weekend. By scheduling the Boise State game on a Friday night, it's also our hope that the tourism industry will receive a positive bump since most fans will now have the opportunity to make plans to enjoy the entire Labor Day weekend."
Michigan State has compiled a 6-2 record (.750) against current members of the Western Athletic Conference (1-0 vs. Fresno State, 4-1 vs. Hawaii, 1-0 vs. Idaho and 0-1 vs. Louisiana Tech).
In the last 18 months, Michigan State has announced home-and-home series with West Virginia (2014-15), Alabama (2016-17) and Miami-Fla. (2020-21) as well as the extension of its series with Notre Dame through the 2031 season, with two-year breaks in 2014-15, 2020-21 and 2026-27.
"With teams like Boise State, West Virginia, Alabama, Miami and Notre Dame on our future schedules, our fans can look forward to a lot of special game days in Spartan Stadium, as we continue to bring the top programs in college football to our state," Hollis said.
Says he will take 3 visits and decide in November. Took 1st visit to Cal, 2nd visit to USC and 3rd visit is a mystery that will shock people.
I still think he heads west, but it would be a step in the right direction to get him on campus.
Inspired by my own bizarre, and for the most part inexplicable and certainly not premeditated post on this thread, I offer a challenge:
You're Rich Rodriguez. It's Saturday night, somewhere after 7:00 pm. The team is gathered in the bowels of Beaver Stadium, and have prepared for battle. The ankles are taped, the jerseys have been pulled over the pads, and the dreads have been pulled back behind the ears. The players have put away their iPods and have gathered together around your feet. This is your last moment to speak to them together as a team, and instill the attitude and mindset that you'd like your team to perform with on a national stage.
What do you say?
Who's got the best Coach-Speak on MGoBlog? No prizes here, no trophies of bronze monkey nuts or bottles of Aqua Velva, just bragging rights, perhaps until next Friday....
Release your inner COACH and FIRE US UP!!!
Something small that I just saw that must have slipped through the cracks. I am not sure if this means anything about tomorrow but Rivals is saying Carvin Johnson moved to FS and Cam Gordon is working spur.
Other small note from article: Marvin Robinson could play LB in some Nickel situations.
I love MGoBlog's Picture Pages posts, but I'm so obtuse that sometimes I can't follow them in still shots or even the unadorned play video. To overcome this, I created an annotated video companion to the two latest Picture Pages. I'll probably keep doing this for the rest of the year [Ed-M: Yes, please!] as making them really helped me figure out what Brian was talking about in the original posts (included text is with his permission, BTW).
Apologies in advance to those who have already seen part of this in the Iowa UFR Errata post, but there's new stuff here too.
Losing Contain, Again Again:
The sitch: Iowa has a 3rd and 3 from Michigan's 11 yard line, late in the 3rd quarter. They come out with an unbalanced I-form which they've used to little effect during the day, Michigan answers with a 4-4 with both cornerbacks lined up over the two receivers on the weakside. M blitzes the strongside safety (Kovacs), meaning Jonas Mouton is now the outside guy. He takes the inside shoulder of Iowa's tackle, meaning there's nobody left to contain outside. Iowa scores.
(More) Freshman DB Doom:
The sitch: Iowa has a 3rd and 10 from the Michigan 14, and M rolls Cover 2. Freshman nickelback Courtney Avery turns his head around and chases the inside vertical receiver way too far, abandoning his zone and turning the underneath drag into a wide-open path to the endzone. Iowa scores.
Hopefully these will make the plays make more sense to the more video-inclined.
While updating the Depth Chart by Class (in light of the Campbell / Q. Washington position switch) it first dawned on me that all Guards on the roster are Sophomores. This position switch just made Guard recruiting for 2010 a priority.
Even with a great recruiting class at guard in 2010, in 2013, the most experienced Guards on our roster will be Redshirt Sophs with no Juniors or Seniors (and this is with 0 recruits at this point to fill that void).
This, of course, doesn't consider possible future position switches (Khoury to Guard if Pace is ready to back-up) or playing a true Freshman at the position -- the last option could be more of a sign of necessity (as in playing true freshman CBs this year) than the readiness of a true freshman starting on the line in the Big 10.
Tackle in 2011: 1 Sr - 2 Soph - 2 Redshirting Fr. (Posada, Fisher)
Center in 2011: 1 Sr - 1 Jr. - 1 Fr. - 1 Redshirting Fr. (Miller)
Gaurd in 2011: 4 Jrs. - No Recruits
It looks like Zettel, UM, and OG is a match made in heaven - hopefully Cyrus Hobbi can get back in the picture too. And the consistent recruitment of James Elliott makes a lot more sense to me after seeing the "situation" we will be in down the road.