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Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal sports staff on Michigan State football/basketball and beyond.

Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal sports staff on Michigan State football/basketball and beyond.
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Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal sports staff on Michigan State football/basketball and beyond.

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Fixing Michigan State's offense, Penn State preview

10/11/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and digital sports reporter Phil Friend are here to discuss the fallout from another poor offensive showing in the loss to Northwestern, try to figure out if there's any hope of upsetting Penn State on Saturday, and make their predictions for Saturday's game vs. the Nittany Lions.

Duration:00:31:30

A discussion on Brian Lewerke, Michigan State-Northwestern preview

10/4/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press beat writer Chris Solari have plenty of Michigan State sports to talk about in the latest episode of the "Spartan Speak" podcast. The duo, along with podcast producer Phil Friend, discuss on the week's podcast - Last weekend's Central Michigan game (1:53) - What's going on with Michigan State QB Brian Lewerke (4:19) - Northwestern preview (13:40) - Reviewing Graham and Chris's game-by-game preseason picks (17:46) - MSU men's...

Duration:00:35:52

Will Michigan State football have any trouble with Central Michigan?

9/27/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are feeling about as comfortable as most Spartans fans as the football team prepares for Saturday's noon start against Central Michigan. Graham and Chris preview this weekend's game, discussing the key talking points from the win over Indiana and what to expect from Mark Dantonio and company. At the end, Graham, Chris and producer Phil Friend give their score predictions for Saturday.

Duration:00:25:59

Big Ten's bad weekend, Michigan State-Indiana preview with Zach Osterman

9/19/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari have plenty to talk about as the Spartans prepare for Saturday night's football game vs. Indiana. - 1:15: The Big Ten's no-good, very-bad weekend where 7 Big Ten teams were upset. But Michigan State didn't play, so it didn't lose. - 7:16: How will Michigan State's injuries affect the Spartans heading into the Indiana game? - 14:25: Interview with IndyStar's IU Insider Zach Osterman. He...

Duration:00:35:45

Arizona State loss, Michigan State coaching issues, Big Ten East discussion

9/12/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back with plenty to discuss after the Spartans' somewhat surprising loss to Arizona State in the desert very late Saturday night. Topics include: - Arizona State - How did MSU lose? (2:14) - Coaching - Did Mark Dantonio, Dave Warner or Mike Tressel lose this game? (6:39) - Long-term effects of Michigan State's loss (22:35) - Is the Big Ten East overrated? A discussion (30:21)

Duration:00:33:54

Penn State football preview, Kyle Ahrens injury, Jaren Jackson future

11/2/2017
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Detroit Free Press/Lansing State Journal Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and LSJ sports producer Phil Friend push forward without regular host Graham Couch. This week, they'll discuss what lies ahead for the Spartan football team after the crushing loss to Northwestern, what may or may not happen vs. Penn State. Chris and Phil then switch to basketball, discussing Kyle Ahrens's injury and what Jaren Jackson brings to the table.

Duration:00:48:32

Northwestern preview, Michigan State hoops rides again

10/25/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back with a discussion on where the Spartans stand heading into what is now a big game vs. Northwestern on Saturday. And plus, basketball season is literally right around the corner with an exhibition game Thursday vs. Ferris State. The boys preview that as well.

Duration:00:35:19

Football triumphs at Minnesota, basketball media day

10/17/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari on Michigan State's (surprisingly) nail-biting win over Minnesota, and the duo discuss what they got out of the MSU men's basketball media day.

Duration:00:28:59

Michigan State conquers Michigan once again

10/10/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and sports producer Phil Friend have a lengthy chat about Michigan State's win over Michigan in the Big House on Saturday, followed by a brief Minnesota preview and then we answered your Twitter questions.

Duration:00:47:30

Rivalry Week! Michigan State prepares for Michigan

10/3/2017
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It's all about Rivalry Week as Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and LSJ sports storyteller Cody Tucker talk about the Spartans' huge game on Saturday against Michigan. Also, Graham and Chris interview the Freep's Wolverines beat writer, Nick Baumgardner.

Duration:00:32:27

Louisville hoops scandal, Notre Dame loss, Iowa preview, Twitter Qs

9/27/2017
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We've got four-way action on the latest episode. Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari, LSJ sports storyteller Cody Tucker and LSJ sports producer Phil Friend discuss the hoopla surrounding the suspension of Louisville coach Rick Pitino and the involvement of one-time MSU recruiting target Brian Bowen, then recap Saturday's loss to Notre Dame (20:20), preview Saturday's game against Iowa (25:31) and then answer your...

Duration:00:49:02

Notre Dame preview

9/21/2017
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Detroit Free Press/Lansing State Journal Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and LSJ sports storyteller Cody Tucker preview the Spartans' Saturday night game against Notre Dame.

Duration:00:37:11

Western Michigan win, Notre Dame chatter, tailgating, Twitter Questions

9/13/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are joined by LSJ storyteller Cody Tucker and digital sports producer Phil Friend to talk about Michigan State's big win over Western Michigan, offer a tiny morsel of a Notre Dame preview, discuss Michigan State's GameDay experience and then answer Twitter questions.

Duration:00:34:04

Recapping Bowling Green win, Western Michigan preview

9/6/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss the Spartans' 35-10 win over Bowling Green on Saturday and then preview MSU's dangerous nonconference game against Western Michigan.

Duration:00:30:33

Bowling Green preview, Twitter questions, Jud Heathcote

8/31/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari return just in time for the beginning of college football season! The duo preview Saturday's 2017 season opener against Bowling Green, tackle Twitter questions (24:37) and discuss the passing of longtime Spartans' men's basketball coach Jud Heathcote (33:35).

Duration:00:41:40

Michigan State football position breakdowns, hoops schedule, Twitter questions

8/17/2017
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After a week break, Lansing State Journal columnist and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari spend the 40 minutes breaking down the Spartan football team position-by-position and answering Twitter questions. Then, the duo transition to the announcement of Michigan State's basketball schedule, which was released Wednesday.

Duration:00:55:36

Michigan State football fall camp, Moneyball with James Edwards

8/3/2017
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Great news! The Spartan Speak podcast will be weekly from now until April. This week, Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss the Spartans' wide receiver and QB situations and take Twitter questions on special teams (16:47), cornerbacks (23:04) and the front seven (26:41). Then, they're joined by preps reporter and Miles Bridges dunk videographer James L. Edwards III, who's been to most of the Moneyball games...

Duration:00:53:32

Michigan State football sexual assault investigations

6/7/2017
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In the latest podcast, Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss the latest in the sexual assault investigations within the Michigan State football program, from Monday's meeting with Mark Dantonio/Mark Hollis and the BoT, to the arraignments of 3 players, and Wednesday's news of the fourth player and his role in the first investigation.

Duration:00:36:43

MSU football, basketball recruiting, Twitter questions

5/2/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari return with a spirited discussion on the state of the Michigan State football program in lieu of last week's unexpected media availability, the impact of MSU basketball missing out on two high-level recruits and how Tom Izzo will manage the minutes of the bigs (20:15), and end by answering Twitter questions (30:30).

Duration:00:49:48

Miles Bridges, Danton Cole, MSU football

4/18/2017
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After a two-week break, Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back! The duo kicks things off by discussing Miles Bridges' decision to return to MSU, the Party at Sparty, and the long-term ramifications. They then move on to discuss new hockey head coach Danton Cole (22:45) and cap things off with a discussion of more bad news for the Spartan football team (33:00).

Duration:00:45:29