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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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Moneyball takeaways, Michigan State football, Twitter questions

7/11/2018
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and digital sports reporter Phil Friend are back from a lengthy hiatus! With the delay, however, comes plenty of Michigan State discussion topics. Over the course of the hour, Graham and Phil break down what they've seen over the first four days of the Moneyball Pro-Am (2:17), the influx of MSU football commitments for the 2019 class in late June and early July (16:47), whether the Spartans are being stilted in preseason Big Ten rankings (27:15)...

Duration:00:58:09

MSU basketball rape 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 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...

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....

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,...

Duration:00:46:35

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 being 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

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

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

How the Duke loss and Kenny Goins' injury hurts (or doesn't hurt) Michigan State, Maryland preview

11/16/2017
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Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal digital sports producer Phil Friend are your hosts for this week's Spartan Speak, discussing the fallout from the basketball team's loss to No. 1 Duke on Tuesday and how the Kenny Joins injury affects things going forward. Also, the football team's blowout loss to Ohio State likely ends and Big Ten title hopes, but there's still plenty to play for vs. Maryland.

Duration:00:32:34

How far can this Michigan State football team go?

11/9/2017
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press/Lansing State Journal Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari have plenty to cover after the Spartans upset Penn State last week. They'll preview the Ohio State game while also talking about their chances at winning a division title and beyond. They'll also discuss the MSU basketball team's season opener against North Florida.

Duration:00:30:16

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

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

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