James Hawkins The Detroit News Published 6:40 PM EDT Jul 8, 2019 As soon as the 2018-19 college basketball season ended, Michigan State and Michigan were listed at the top of many way-too-early rankings. Three months later, though, plenty has changed. The Wolverines lost arguably as much talent as any team in the nation this offseason, while the Spartans are still locked and loaded as one of the preseason favorites. Throughout the Big Ten, there are teams on both ends of the extremes as the annual cycle of roster attrition and addition has taken place. With winds of change finally settling down, here’s at look at the Big Ten heading into the 2019-20 season. Illinois Coach: Brad Underwood (third season) Key players: Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu, sophomore forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili, junior guard Trent Frazier Notable additions: Freshman center Kofi Cockburn Notable losses: Aaron Jordan (graduation) Analysis: The first two years of Underwood’s tenure have … [Read more...] about Breaking down Big Ten basketball after offseason of many changes
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Mia Turel was in first grade when she asked her father to teach her how to chart the probability of losing her baby teeth over time. By second grade, she was reading high school-level books on Martin Luther King Jr. Then she became fascinated by TED Talks on global warming and marine biology. So when her sixth-grade teacher assigned the class to color a map of Mesopotamia, Mia wasn't exactly thrilled. “I’m sorry, I’m not interested in coloring a map,” she told her mother. “Coloring is pointless.” With that, Mia left Crescent Elementary in Anaheim. She studied at home for the rest of the year — and then, at age 12, jumped six grade levels to enter Cal State Los Angeles as a freshman last fall. While the admissions scandal has transfixed the nation’s attention on elite universities such as UCLA and USC, the school of choice for many whiz kids like Mia is Cal State L.A. For nearly four decades, the campus has provided a haven where children … [Read more...] about A sixth-grader was sick of coloring. So she skipped six grades to attend Cal State L.A.
Chris Solari Detroit Free Press Published 5:50 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 EAST LANSING — Mark Dantonio looked to build Michigan State football’s 2019 recruiting class with a strong foundation. That meant loading up the trenches. Eight of the 18 players the Spartans signed Wednesday are either offensive and defensive linemen, a concerted effort by Dantonio and his staff to get stronger at the point of attack on both sides of the ball. “We believe really the game of football starts up front,” Dantonio said during his signing day news conference at Spartan Stadium. “I thought we signed a great, very impressive group of what I call power football players.” That includes what Dantonio deemed maybe “the best class we've ever signed in my 12 years here” along the offensive line. It is highlighted by his first 5-star blocker in Belleville’s Devontae Dobbs, and includes 3-star recruits Spencer Brown of Walled Lake Western, Damon Kaylor of … [Read more...] about Michigan State builds 2019 recruiting class in trenches
Souichi Terada Special to Detroit Free Press Published 4:33 PM EST Dec 19, 2018 EAST LANSING — There were some hiccups, but by the time Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio took the podium on the first day of the early signing period, the Spartans welcomed most of their 2019 recruiting class. While Dantonio said most of the class is set as the letters of intent rolled in, he said he expects there to be a few more recruits added. More: Meet Michigan State's 2019 recruiting class Here’s what Dantonio said on each of his signed recruits: Belleville CB Julian Barnett On Twitter: “Has potential to be immediate contributor. One of the first commits of the 2019 class – has been with us the whole way through.” Dantonio said: “Julian’s one of the top players in the state of Michigan. Plays multiple positions, corner, receiver. You watch the highlight film, there’s no questions he can play receiver for us. Just all over the … [Read more...] about Michigan State football: Mark Dantonio breaks down 2019 class
David Goricki The Detroit News Published 2:08 PM EST Dec 16, 2018 Dan Fife was the King of Clarkston Friday night. With his wife Jan and dozens of his former players looking on – including sons Dugan, Jeremy and Dane – Fife learned the Clarkston gymnasium would be named in his honor: Dan Fife Fieldhouse. Fife guided the Clarkston program for the past 36 years and he became the third coach in state history to top the 700-win mark (703-170), capping off his career with consecutive Class A state championships. Fife had a night to remember Friday, just like he did on a couple of Saturday afternoons in East Lansing the previous two winters while hoisting state championship trophies. During the pregame ceremony, Fife described the family atmosphere that has developed with Clarkston basketball over the years. “We always used to say ‘Run it!’ when we broke the huddles from Jeremy’s class in ’95,” Fife said. “We were going to run the … [Read more...] about Clarkston gives basketball patriarch Dan Fife a night to remember