Extra home game in 2003?

The possibility exists that the Michigan State Spartans football team could end up with an extra home football game this season thanks to the success of the Minnesota Twins. University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi announced that he will have to make a decision on the matter no later than September 1.


The possibility exists that the Michigan State Spartans football team could end up with an extra home football game this season thanks to the success of the Minnesota Twins.

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi announced that he will have to make a decision on the matter no later than September 1.

If the Twins are still in the pennant race by that time, Maturi said the options are to move the game to Spartan Stadium or perhaps even Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions.

"We're still hopeful and optimistic that we'll be able to work out something with Major League Baseball so that we can play on those days," said Maturi. "But that will take some time. And as a result a decision will have to be made sooner regarding the designation of a homecoming game."

The problem is that Major League Baseball gets preference with the stadium over the Gopher football team and MLB would not look kindly on a football game being played on the same day--and the same field--as a nationally televised playoff contest.

If the game is moved, Maturi indicated that the Gophers would select the November 1 game against Indiana to be their homecoming contest.

BACK IN THE SHOW? Former Michigan State quarterback Ryan Van Dyke, who had an injury plagued and disappointing career as a Spartan, will get a try out with the New York Giants. Van Dyke was briefly on the roster of the Seattle Seahwaks last season before injury problems led to his release.


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