well that's just, like, your opinion, man
Izzo and his wife, Lupe, have donated $1 million to the MSU AD, most of which will go towards the football scholarship program. This is a pretty solid thing for Izzo to do, obviously, and it appears as if he's trying to keep the football program and the hype around it going by matching it with monetary support. Link?
P.S. - Everything in the article is fluff (and Izzo earned it, I guess), but this one still made me shake my head:
"Supporting the football team was an easy decision," Izzo said in a prepared statement. "Coach [Mark] Dantonio is a man of character, building a championship program."
Everything was good until that whole "man of character" bit, but that's just my opinion. And of course, Beat Sparty!
Per ESPN- TCU accepts invite to Big 12.
I've always been a Boise State and TCU naysayer, so I like this move by TCU. I would like to see Boise make a similar move if they really want to be considered a true BCS contender.
On occasion, I find it illuminating to peer into the MGoBlog archives and "check the pulse" of the blog at certain important points in the past. A particularly relevant post from Brian below, following the infamous 2007 contest and the postgame comments from Mike Hart and Mark Dantonio:
Oh, now it's personal? You mean it's unlike all those other games when a host of kids who never even got looked at by Michigan (save three or four per year) played their instate rival and then immediately collapsed afterward? Oh shit. We are in serious trouble now. It's personal. I am liquidating my assets and moving to Tahiti, as Michigan will never beat Michigan State again.
I saw the other topic digress away from football so I thought I would start anew.
First, I'm not going to compare QB to QB, RB to RB, etc. YOu can't compare Kirk to Denard. It's an apple to orange comparison and they won't be playing against each other anyways.
First, I will start with my key's to the game.
1. Can MSU's Oline hold up? I am a frequent lurker so I know that the majority of this board thinks our OLine is a joke. I will freely admit it is our largest concern, but don't just think UM is going to roll in and dominate. The OLine played pretty well against OSU in not allowing a sack and had a respectable 4.5 YPC until the 4th quarter prevent offense came in. I don't expect us to run as well as we did against UM last year, but if we can just run enough to keep Mattison honest, we should be ok. Also, the Oline has to hold up against the blitz packages. If UM wins this game, it is because Martin and VanBergen dominate.
2. Can Denard protect the ball? Our defense is good. Probably the best you have faced this year. I'm not saying we are LSU or Alambama good, but our DLine is deep and talented. Our secondary has ball hawks every where. Johnny Adams and Trenton Robinson picked Denard last year. Our other starting corner (Darqueze Denard) had the one handed ESPN pick against OSU. Our new starting safety Isiah Lewis is a huge hitter and although he is a first year starter, he is a big upgrade over Hyde from last year. Our starting linebackers a
Very interesting write up on the historical source and origin of MSU hatred and resentment of the Wolverines.
Henry Tappan may have been a royal bastard back in the day. Maybe there were a lot of powerful oligarchs hell bent on choking the life out of any rival institutions in the state. But in the end it does read like the perspective of one with a massive, untreatable inferiority complex.
Oh well. If anything I'm sort of glad they got their shit together and called it "Michigan State University". The Michigan A&M Spartans would have sucked.
For the first time in 30 years, all major Florida schools (The U, UF and FSU) are absent from the charts.
Seems hard to believe.
They have tons of talent. Possible reasons:
Coaching transitions for all three.
Harsh competition and schedules.
What do you think?