Mark Dantonio and his staff have a few changes, and this spring will be important for several young Spartans to make their mark in earning starting positions going into camp next August.
If you have not made it out for a spring game in recent years, you are missing a great chance to see the Spartans. The past four games have attracted crowds in excess of 20,000 each with 30,000 to see the event last spring.
Here are several other dates and events to mark on your calendar for the month of April.
Spartans Football Women's Clinic
Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio and his wife Becky invite female fans, 18 and older, to attend the Spartan Football Women's Clinic, scheduled for Saturday, April 16 from 2-5 p.m. at the Duffy Daugherty Football Complex.
The program includes a tour of the 25,000-square-foot Skandalaris Football Center, strategy sessions covering all three phases of the game (offense, defense and special teams) and an equipment demonstration. In addition, clinic participants will attend Saturday's practice session for an inside look at position drills and instruction. The clinic will conclude with a panel discussion and Q&A session, featuring members of the football coaching staff and their wives, and hors d'oeuvres.
Pre-registration is required for the event which is limited to 220 participants. For the last two years, the clinic has reached full capacity nearly two weeks prior to the event, so you are encouraged to register as soon as possible. No walk-up registration will be accepted. Check-in is scheduled April 16 from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Skandalaris Football Center.
The registration fee is $65 and includes a T-shirt and cinch bag. Clinic participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and Spartan workout attire, as you will participate in a series of on-the-field drills with instruction provided by the MSU football coaching staff. Free parking is available in Lot T-79, located at the south end of Spartan Stadium.
To register, send a $65 check payable to Michigan State University and requested T-shirt size (S, M, L, XL or XXL) to: Spartan Football Women's Clinic, Michigan State University, 135 Duffy Daugherty Football Building, East Lansing, MI 48824-1214.
Net proceeds from the Spartan Football Women's Clinic and silent auction will benefit Ele's Place, a healing center for grieving children, supporting families in Greater Lansing and beyond. In addition, donations will be accepted for the Kathryn Mahoney Fund, established to assist the Michigan State senior gymnast who fractured her C6 vertebra during a practice last December. Contributions will be used for any necessities that Kathryn requires as she continues the post-operative, recovery stage.
For further information about the Spartan Football Women's Clinic or to request an application, please call the MSU Football Office at (517) 355-1647.
April 30, 2011 – 1:30 p.m. est.
Parking: Free in Lots T-79, S-56, P-39/40 and H-63
Not able to make the game? The Spartan Sports Network will broadcast the spring game, with a list of statewide affiliates to be published in the near future.
The game will also be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com and replayed later that night at 8:00 p.m. EDT on the Big Ten Network.
MSU Football Players Association Golf Outing
On Friday, April 29, the MSU Football Players Association will hold its annual golf outing at the Brookshire Inn & Golf Club in Williamston, Michigan.
Youth Football Clinic
Prior to the Spartans annual Green-White Game, the coaching staff, along with players will conduct a free youth football clinic for children between the ages of 8-12 starting at 10:00 a.m. the event is scheduled to end at 11:30 a.m. on the grass practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building.
The clinic introduces youngsters to the game of football by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required and no registration is required to take part in the event. Following instruction, Coach Dantonio and his players will be available for an autograph session for clinic participants. In addition, those who take part in the clinic will receive a coupon for a complimentary hot dog and soft drink to be redeemed at a concession stand in Spartan Stadium during the spring game.
Press Box Seats
For the fourth year in a row, fans can purchase a select few seats in the press box and enjoy the same view as the media that covers Spartans football. Only 100 of these seats are available and the cost is $50.00 each. There is an age requirement of 12 years of age for these seats. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the George Webster Scholarship Fund.
The Spartans baseball team will also be home during the weekend with a series against Penn State. The Spartans will play on Friday and Saturday at the McLane Baseball Stadium at 3:05 p.m. and then again Sunday at 1:05 p.m. to close out a great weekend on campus.