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A quick recap of Michigan State football news you might have missed over the past week.

The past several days have been an emotional roller coaster for Michigan State fans as they watched the Spartans lose out on a high level recruit, one of their own pass away and the official start of the Big Ten football season as teams gathered in Chicago for the annual conference media days. Here is a look at several of the stories you might have missed from the week.

AMIR RIEP PICKS OHIO STATE

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Last Saturday defensive back Amir Riep turned away from the team that led for his recruitment most of the past several months with his decision to stay closer to home picking Ohio State.  At the start of the year all signs pointed towards Riep being a Spartan.  However, his trip out to The Opening helped Ohio State land the Scout four-star cornerback.  There will be a celebration of life for Sadler at Spartan Stadium on Sunday, July 31 beginning at 3 p.m.  The event is open to the public and parking is free.  Use gates C and J to enter starting a 2 p.m.

THE LOSS OF MIKE SADLER

Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan State Spartans woke up on Sunday morning of news former punter Mike Sadler and current Nebraska punter Sam Foltz were killed in a tragic automobile accident Saturday night following work at a kicking camp in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Sadler was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and one of the top punters in Spartans history. 

MALIK McDOWELL NAMED BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER TO WATCH

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A panel of media members attending Big Ten Media Days selected McDowell as one of ten players to watch in the conference during the 2016 season.  McDowell enters his junior year having played in 27 games and has posted 56 career tackles to go with 6.0 sacks.

SPARTANS, IRISH, BUCKEYES & WOLVERINES ACCUSED OF NEGATIVE RECRUITING

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One of the hottest topics during Big Ten Media Days came from an interview by the Reading Eagle with Penn State head coach James Franklin apparently accusing Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State of negative recruiting tactics.  While Franklin was quick to backtrack on what was reported a few days prior to the Big Ten get together PSU athletic director Sandy Barbour also stated that she is fed up with opposing schools using what she says is false information to negatively recruit against the Nittany Lions.

CHMURA PLAYING DAYS OVER

One of the players missing from the Spartans roster released at Big Ten Media Days was tight end Dylan Chmura.  The son of former NFL tight end Mark Chmura played in 13 games last season mostly on special teams was forced to take a media scholarship due to continued concussion issues.  However, Chmura will continue with the program as a student coach this fall.

MIKE SADLER LEGACY FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Michigan State didn’t wait long to announce the establishment of the Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund.  In cooperation with the Sadler Family, a Spartan football student-athlete will be awarded a scholarship each year in his honor.  The fund was created as an endowment and will provide scholarship support in perpetuity for the Spartan football program.

To contribute to the fund please send your contributions to the following.  Online you can visit spartanfund.net and click the “Give Now” link and then choose the Mike Sadler Legacy Football Scholarship Fund from the drop-down menu.  Or you can mail to the address below.

Michigan State University
Spartan Fund
535 Chestnut Rd. Suite 200
East Lansing, MI 48824-4005

JAVON RINGER & JAIRUS JONES BACK IN FOLD

Former Spartan running back Javon Ringer and former safety Jairus Jones are both returning to the program working as recruiting interns.  Ringer told Spartan Digest at the start of the year he was hoping to get back to Michigan State in some capacity.

 

 


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