alternate headline: man does job
Not to put more MSU stuff on the board, but this is something that actually affects their on-field performance and Michigan, so I think it's worth it. It appears Michigan State's starting right tackle, Skyler Burkland, has taken a medical DQ. IMO, he really wasn't that good of a player, but MSU has very little depth at OT and this probably forces them to put the really slow footed Dan France back out at OT. It is unfortunate that any player from any team has to end his career due to injuries, so I feel bad in that regard.
In less "I feel bad", they now have about '08 Michigan levels of depth along the o-line, minus having a Schilling-level guy (though I guess their LT could be about equal to an out-of-position Schilling), which won't help their poor performance in both run blocking and pass protection from last year. Look for Maxwell (or whoever they put at QB) to be even more shaken and in a hurry, and look for a weaker interior line to get even less push. Their only upgrade over a unit that looked like it couldn't get any worse last year is their LT, the rest of the unit is still extremely weak.
Since Indiana just lost to OSU tonight, I was wondering what the Big Ten Tournament seedings could be. This is the schedule for the remaining Big Ten conference games and the winners of each game in my completely subjective opinion:
Michigan @ Purdue
Minnesota @ Nebraska
Wisconsin @ Michigan State
Penn State @ Northwestern
Minnesota @ Purdue
Nebraska @ Iowa
Indiana @ Michigan
Northwestern @ Michigan State
Illinois @ Ohio State
Wisconsin @ Penn State
This would result in a 4-way tie atop the conference between Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State. According to the tiebreaking procedures from last year's tournament, the seeding would work out as follows:
|1. Indiana||7. Iowa|
|2. OSU||8. Illinois|
|3. Michigan||9. Purdue|
|4. MSU||10. Northwestern|
|5. Wisconsin||11. Nebraska|
|6. Minnesota||12. Penn State|
Here is the 2013 Big Ten Tournament bracket. In the scenario I described, Michigan would be playing the winner of Minnesota vs Nebraska. If I made a mistake, please correct me.
EDIT: Fixed. I think UM would be the 3 seed by virtue of losing the comparison to OSU against Wisconsin.
Some more changes for Spartans 2013 offensive strategy.
And is Dantonio pursuing future endeavors elsewhere?
Tom Izzo has announced that sophomore SF Brandan Kearney is transferring from the MSU program. He was a 3-star from Detroit Southeastern and was considered to be a key piece down the road for the Spartans.
Looks like Izzo will need to scratch even harder to fill a one- or two-man class for next year.
Unfortunately, the only link currently available is from the Freep:
With that Butch Davis back in the picture and Tuberville slapping graduate assistants live, starting a player straight out of jail or making cracks at an opposing players height isn't an issue anymore. Or ever was, according to some MSU fans.
Also, Dantonio probably knows by now he's at a huge recruiting disadvantage with Hoke and Meyer offering every elite player in sight, and if Bielema can get hired at 3 million plus a year, he's not gonna be there much longer.
Odds on him opening 2014 as MSU's coach? If not what school could fire their HC next year look for a defensive minded coach?
Sparty fans speculating that Denard won't be able to finish the game. Time for another bounty investigation, this time by the NCAA.