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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

Michigan State-Arizona State preview, Utah State review, Darryl Rogers, Twitter questions

9/5/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss the Spartans' near loss to Utah State in Week 1, preview the Arizona State game and how to stop WR N'Keal Harry, discuss the two teams' shared DNA with former coach Darryl Rogers, take Twitter questions and make their final predictions for the game.

Duration:00:34:40

Michigan State football over/unders, Utah State preview, Twitter questions

8/29/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari ratchet up the enthusiasm level to 11 as the Spartan football team begins its season Friday vs. Utah State. 1:51 - Depth chart takeaways 6:26 - Utah State preview 10:52 - Michigan State will win/lose if... 14:57 - Over/unders for the 2018 season 32:56 - Twitter questions 39:51 - Predictions for Utah State game Get all of your Michigan State coverage at www.greenandwhite.com....

Duration:00:42:08

Team captains, position battles, preseason wrap-up, Urban Meyer, D.J. Durkin, and more

8/23/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back on a weekly basis now, and we've got plenty of Spartan football to talk about before next Friday's season opener vs. Utah State. - Team captains (1:37) - Position battles (8:09) - Oregon scheduling (17:20) - Urban Meyer/DJ Durkin situations (18:45) - Comcast/BTN wars (27:40) - Twitter questions (31:39)

Duration:00:45:24

MSU basketball sexual assault allegations, spring football game

4/11/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss the recent lawsuit regarding 3 Spartan men's basketball players allegedly raping a student (0:00) and then follow that with a review of the spring football game. (13:40).

Duration:00:26:51

Michigan State basketball's future, football's sex assault cases, spring game preview

4/4/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss: 0:00-6:50 - Michigan-Villanova national title game 6:51-18:21 - Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. departures, Nick Ward's future 18:22-24:45 - Michigan State sex assault cases 24:50-34:41 - MSU spring football 34:41-End - Graham on Deadspin This podcast episode is brought to you by MotoRefi. The transparent, secure and convenient way to refinance your auto loan. In the time...

Duration:00:38:22

Who's to blame for Michigan State's NCAA tournament loss?

3/21/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari have plenty to talk about after the Spartans' somewhat surprising early exit from the NCAA tournament. 0:00-17:36 - What happened vs. Syracuse? 17:37-29:28 - Chances Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr., Nick Ward return 29:29-37:55 - A peek at the 2018-19 team This podcast episode is brought to you by MotoRefi. The transparent, secure and convenient way to refinance your auto loan. In...

Duration:00:37:55

Can Michigan State make the Final Four? Plus, Bucknell preview, Final Four picks

3/13/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are joined by Freep columnist Shawn Windsor as they have plenty to discuss with Michigan State's NCAA tournament dreams starting Friday. The trio discuss: - MSU assigned to Detroit - How can MSU reach the Final Four (5:50) - Previewing Bucknell (12:36) - Discuss The Ringer's article on playing Jaren Jackson at the 5 and Bridges at the 4 and benching Nick Ward (23:21) - Final Four...

Duration:00:40:35

Can Michigan State be fixed before NCAA tourney? Is it even broke?

3/6/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari have plenty to say on the Big Ten tournament: NYC as tourney host: 2:00 Is MSU basketball broken? What needs fixed?: 11:22 NCAA tournament seed predictions: 30:03 Twitter questions: 36:24 This podcast is brought to you by MotoRefi. To prequalify for a lower monthly car payment with average saving as much as $100 per month. Check your rate now with no impact on your credit score, by...

Duration:00:46:35

Miles Bridges' eligibility, Christian Dawkins' reliability, Big Ten tourney preview

2/27/2018
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Graham Couch and Chris Solari are ramping up for the Big Ten tournament in the Big Apple. But before that, Graham and Chris address the latest in the Yahoo! Sports reporting of Miles Bridges' mother receiving improper benefits and how that's affecting the Spartans (or not at all), before then moving on to previewing the Big Ten tournament.

Duration:00:26:59

Michigan State basketball wins Big Ten, ESPN stays after Dantonio, Izzo

2/21/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari talk about Michigan State winning the Big Ten title and the impact the seniors have had over the program. Then, they talk about ESPN's ongoing reporting of MSU's football and basketball programs and offer their two cents on ESPN's story and their fairness toward the school.

Duration:00:46:56

Purdue preview, Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio vs. ESPN

2/8/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari begin the podcast by previewing Saturday's big game between the No. 4 Spartans and No. 3 Boilermakers. Then, they move on to the ESPN report critiquing the handling of sexual assault cases by Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio (15:15).

Duration:00:26:57

Larry Nassar case, Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon resigns, NCAA investigation

1/25/2018
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There is a lot going on at Michigan State, as former MSU doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced Wednesday, which was followed shortly by President Lou Anna Simon's resignation, both of which were preceded by the NCAA's letter of inquiry to the school on its handling of the Nassar case. Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ MSU beat writer Chris Solari are joined by LSJ justice reporter Matt Mencarini, who's spent much of the last 16 months writing on the Nassar...

Duration:00:34:32

MSU's close call vs. Rutgers, U-M preview, Hunter Rison, football staff turnover

1/11/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch is joined by digital sports producer Phil Friend to discuss Michigan State's close call against Rutgers, preview Saturday's game vs. Michigan, discuss Hunter Rison's departure and the departure of another football staff member.

Duration:00:36:16

Harlon Barnett to Florida State, hoops, Holiday Bowl, bold predictions

1/5/2018
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After a lengthy layoff, Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are back with a brand new podcast! Topics for discussion include MSU co-defensive coordinator Harlon Barnett's decision to leave for the DC position at Florida State, Spartan hoops continues to dominate, MSU's Holiday Bowl win with a little recruiting sprinkled in, and finally, everyone makes two bold predictions for MSU athletics for 2018.

Duration:00:50:17

Nick Ward, Dantonio-Harbaugh Twitter war, MSU bowl selection

12/7/2017
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This week, Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/LSJ Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari kick off the podcast with a detailed discussion about Nick Ward following his lack of playing time and postgame comments Tuesday vs. Rutgers. Then, they move on the football team to talk about the Spartans' bowl game, and the Mark Dantonio-Jim Harbaugh Twitter exchanges from earlier in the week.

Duration:00:30:33