Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I know I've been reposting a lot of Rittenberg's things the last couple of days but I think this one is especially interesting. I know most of us would argue that MSU is a basketball school but it's interesting to see their responses to the question. Is this a product of recent success or something else?
While I love to hate on MSU as much as the next guy, I wanted to share a story from this weekend. I had the pleasure to be on a team for a charity/celebrity bowling tournament in Indianapolis on Saturday that raised money for concussion research at St. Vincent's Hospital. While most of the "celebrities" were not super well known people it included: Gary Brackett (Colts), David Boudia (Olympic Medalist and NCAA Champion Diver from Purdue), Legedu Naanee (Chargers), Chris Carr (Ravens), former Spartan RB Jehuu Caulcrick (Bills), and a bunch of others.
Anyway, I'm currently a big brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program so I brought my little brother with me to the event. He loved the event and all the players were really great with the kid. Our team was paired up with the team that had Jehuu Caulcrick who many of you remember was from West Africa, father was a politician and was assassinated while he was a kid. His mom and sister escaped to Buffalo, NY. In college he shared the backfield at MSU with Javon Ringer setting the MSU record for most TD's in a single season. My little bro talked a lot of smack (he is 10 yrs old), but Jehuu was great with him and at the end of the night took the jersey he was wearing off his own back, signed it, and gave it to my little brother. It might sound like a simple thing, but its those moments that make a kids life. It is something my little brother will never forget. What a great guy, and I only wish the best for the man. Good to see great people like this out there. I just wanted to share this with people, because while its easy to point out negative things about rival schools, we must give credit where credit is due.
Always wondered what happened to him. Article reminded me that RR tried to use wingless Michigan football helmets as motivational tools during the offseason.
I am curious about your thoughts as to what the current biggest rivalry game is for the men's basketball team . . .
Back in my day (1993-97), I think the majority would say that the Duke game in December was the biggest rivalry game. (It seemed to get the most attention and draw the biggest number of students sleeping out and lining up to get first-come, first-serve seats.) After the Fab Five left, it seems like the Michigan State games became the biggest rivalry games. Now, being further removed from the program, I'm not sure as to what the general sentiment is on campus. Is Michigan State the biggest rival? Ohio State? I'm interested in reading your thoughts.
Wisconsin has delivered a win. Indiana screwed the pooch against Boston College. Purdue is losing to Va Tech. Looks like we have to cheer for Penn State (I can't cheer for Sparty). One win from winning the challenge. Come on someone...
Seeing as Northwestern has just gone up 17-0 over MSU, I was wondering if MSU plays better without Dantonio on the sidelines? With him being in the Tressel coaching tree, it would seem that he would have some conservative playcalling tendencies (fake punt against ND notwithstanding) that may have been shelved by his assistants during the Wisy and Michigan games. Anyone watch enough of those games to weigh in?