John Engler says student safety at Michigan State is priority over winning games (ESPN)

John Engler says student safety at Michigan State is priority over winning games (ESPN)

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on May 10th, 2018 at 1:12 PM
When asked if he was worried about a culture that prioritizes winning over other issues, Engler criticized media coverage and said he was concerned about any woman who says she was assaulted, but not about how the school's high-profile sports have handled those accusations in the past.
"I think in Dantonio and Izzo you've got two coaches with great personal integrity who run very clean programs," Engler said. "That is not to say that everybody in those programs has always comported with what's expected of them."



Michigan State University Is Botching Its Reputation-Rehab (The Atlantic, March 19, 2018)

Michigan State University Is Botching Its Reputation-Rehab (The Atlantic, March 19, 2018)

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on March 20th, 2018 at 11:57 AM
East Lansing, Mich.—The chairman of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees said he had to get something off his chest.
It was the board’s first regularly scheduled meeting following the criminal-sentencing hearings of the former sports-medicine doctor Larry Nassar. And Brian Breslin, facing an overwhelming vote of no confidence from the university’s faculty, had already indicated he would not step down. But then he struck a different tone. Breslin’s “conscience would bother [him],” he said, if he didn’t speak his mind.
The crowd of hundreds gathered there—already quivering with anger over the Nassar debacle—seemed to perk up in anticipation of some further statement on the scandal.
Instead, Breslin touted the $550 million rare-isotope accelerator that the Department of Energy placed at MSU in 2008; the board had just received a progress report on the facility, which has been an economic driver in the state. The accelerator is a signature achievement of the longtime MSU president Lou Anna Simon, who resigned in January amid criticisms of her handling of the Nassar scandal. Breslin recalled that the federal government had planned to locate the project in several different places but that Simon persuaded lawmakers to put it all in East Lansing. “So at some personal risk I take in saying this, whatever else her legacy may be, there would not be a Michigan State University without the leadership and organizational skills of Lou Anna Simon,” he said.
The chairman had more to say, but boos and hisses drowned him out. “What was he thinking?” one trustee said to me later. “We are in an existential crisis here. Now is not the time for the Lou Anna Simon reputation rehabilitation tour.”
LINK to the full article

MSU legal defense now apparently investigating victims

MSU legal defense now apparently investigating victims

Submitted by FabFiver5 on February 9th, 2018 at 9:27 AM

WARNING: Freep Link

“I had no choice in now disclosing my own story,” Powell said in an interview with the Free Press this week. “This was my own story. This was not their story to tell.”

Powell's claim that an investigator checked into her background suggests the university is taking steps to construct a defense amid a growing pile of litigation. 

MGoBoard Preview: Michigan State

MGoBoard Preview: Michigan State

Submitted by mrkid on October 6th, 2017 at 2:30 PM

It's Friday afternoon, I'm bored and dying for some more football discussion. I thought we could do our own MGoBoard version of Brian's "Cheap Thrills" from the preview column.

Submit your "Worry if..." moment(s) and your "Cackle with knowing glee if..." moment(s) for MSU. Here are mine.

Worry if...

- Devin Bush gets ejected for targeting

I'm worried the refs will be overly anxious with targeting calls in this game and because of the speed and intensity at which Bush plays the game, I could see him getting hit with a targeting and ejection.

I think we would see a drop off with the defense if Bush gets ejected. I would really hate to see this, mostly because I want to see Bush terrorize Lewerke and the Spartans.

Cackle with knowing glee if...

- O'Korn hits DPJ deep on more than one occasion.

I think if O'Korn can hit a deep ball or two to DPJ (or Gentry), we could really see MSU change what they do on defense and really swing momentum in our favor. I think their defense is vulernable to a player like DPJ getting behind them.

Prediction: Michigan, 27-13

MGoWallpaper: Harbaugh Blocks Out the Sun

MGoWallpaper: Harbaugh Blocks Out the Sun

Submitted by Blue and Joe on October 5th, 2017 at 1:45 PM

Hate Week is finally upon us. If you follow me, you may know that I live in Lansing. The Michigan State game (in any sport) has special meaning to me. It's very important. I love making wallpaper for this game. Last year, I outdid myself with the "Sparty is Fine" meme. Now, I have to try to top that. I'm not sure if I can.

But I'll give it my best shot.

Since this is a night game, I had an idea for Harbaugh blocking out the sun and casting a shadow over Michigan Stadium. I knew this would be a difficult thing to do since I would have to draw it all from scratch. Let's just say the "Improvement Week" came in handy for me, too.

I think this came out pretty good. It's not exactly what I pictured in my head, but that's what improvement is all about. Hopefullly you enjoy it.

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On the field vs. recruiting success: The State of Michigan

On the field vs. recruiting success: The State of Michigan

Submitted by blueblooded14 on July 21st, 2017 at 3:48 PM

Was talking with a coworker about the correlation between in-state recruiting and the success of M v. MSU. I used the 247 composite and noted the top 10 Michigan recruits between '08 and '17 (the beginning of the sad times to the present). The data does show some relationship that Michigan has played their best football 3 or so years after major in-state recruiting success. There does not seem to be much of a relationship between MSU's recruiting and their on the field success. They were getting somewhere between 2-4 of the best in-state kids for most of their gilded age. It is amazing just how well MSU did over the last decade. What this has reinforced is the importance of Xs and Os over Jims (not that Jim) and Joes.

I would be interested in running a regression on this sort of data but I am not confident enough in my excel prowess to make a public attempt.


Year M Recruits MSU Recruits M Record MSU Record
2008 4 2 3-9 9-4
2009 2 7 5-7 6-7
2010 1 4 7-6 11-2
2011 2 3 11-2 11-3
2012 6 2 8-5 7-6
2013 5 2 7-6 13-1
2014 3 4 5-7 11-2
2015 2 3 10-3 12-2
2016 2 4 10-3 3-9
2017 7 2 14-0* 0-12*
Total 34 33 66-48 83-36
2018 3 1 *Speculative and not in total  


Big Ten Tournament Scenarios

Big Ten Tournament Scenarios

Submitted by Mercury Hayes on February 26th, 2017 at 12:17 PM

With eight days left in the regular season you may be wondering, what's next. Well that is very dependent on how things shake out over the next couple of games.

Currently Michigan sits in 7th in the conference at 9-7. With two games left, Michigan has a chance to not only grab 11 conference wins, but doing so would knock fellow 9-7 team Northwestern off the 6-line. Additionally, this could lead to other movement within the standings.

MSU is currently in fifth place in the conference at 9-6 with a game at 4 p.m. vs. Wisconsin. I don't need to tell you who to root for. But, if Michigan wins out and MSU loses any of their final three games, Michigan would move up to fifth place in the conference based on tie breakers. The teams are 1-1 head to head but Michigan has one less loss and a key tie-breaker is overall win percentage among tied teams. For Michigan State to finish ahead of Michigan they would need to win out and have Michigan lose at least one game. MSU also plays Maryland next Sunday.

The difference between the 5-6 seeds and the 7+seeds are important. The 5-6 seeds will get to play someone coming off a Thursday night game. For example: last year No. 6 Wisconsin played the winner of the 11/14 game. And although they lost, along with Iowa and Indiana - that was weird and  I imagine you would definitely rather play a team that is tired.

Now, there are other possibilities as well. If Michigan falters, they could drop below Iowa in the standings. Iowa owns the tiebreaker. But MIchigan cannot fall below 8. So worst case scenario would be an 8-seed with a second day game vs. the 10-seed which would currently be Illinois. More importantly, this would hurt our NCAA tournament hopes/seeding. Lets hope we avoid this by taking Mitch McGary's advice and winning the game.

In terms of best case scenario, the 4-spot could be still in reach. This would get Michigan 2 byes. For this to happen, Michigan would need to win out to pass MSU and Northwestern and Maryland would have to lose out. Even if MInnesota loses out, they hold the tie-breaker. Maryland plays Rutgers Tuesday, so we will know our highest potential in two days.

So here are your rooting interests:

Wisconsin over MSU - at 4 p.m.

Rutgers over Maryland - on Tue

Illinois over Michigan State  - on Wed.

Wisconsin over Iowa - on Thur (prevents Michigan dropping from 7)

MSU over Maryland - on Sunday, but only if Maryland loses to Rutgers

I hope everyone found this helpful. Win the game.


Spencer (EDSBS) on the Michigan-Michigan State game

Spencer (EDSBS) on the Michigan-Michigan State game

Submitted by dnak438 on October 31st, 2016 at 5:05 PM

Spencer Hall has penned another masterpiece, this time on the Michigan-Michigan State game. Here's the first paragraph:

life comes at you fast

— mgoblog (@mgoblog) October 31, 2016


Read the whole thing here:

When the Gales of November Come Early: Sights of East Lansing

When the Gales of November Come Early: Sights of East Lansing

Submitted by BlueBarron on October 30th, 2016 at 7:14 PM

Previously on the Sights of series:
2016 NCAA Hockey Tournament
2016 Football at Rutgers
For your read-along listening pleasure, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordan Lightfoot. Beware when the gales of November come early.

(As always, right click -> view image to make it bigger. All photos are by myself, Patrick Barron, and Bryan Fuller)


The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called 'gitche gumee'

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy

With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty

That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin

As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well seasoned

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland

And later that night when the ship's bell rang
Could it be the north wind they'd been feelin'?


The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
And a wave broke over the railing

And every man knew, as the captain did too,
T'was the witch of November come stealin'

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashin'

When afternoon came it was freezin' rain
In the face of a hurricane west wind

When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck sayin'
Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya
At seven pm a main hatchway caved in, he said
Fellas, it's been good t'know ya
The captain wired in he had water comin' in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went outta sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Does any one know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her
They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters
Lake Huron rolls, superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams
The islands and bays are for sportsmen

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered
In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed,
In the maritime sailors' cathedral
The church bell chimed till it rang twenty-nine times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call 'gitche gumee'
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early
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