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Michigan State press release
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Tommy Hoke, who served as head strength and conditioning coach at Appalachian State for the last five years, has been named associate head strength and conditioning coach at Michigan State, Spartan second-year head football coach John L. Smith announced Tuesday, May 11.

Hoke, a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, officially joined the Spartan staff on Monday, April 26, replacing former assistant strength and conditioning coach Aaron Wellman, who accepted the top position at Ball State last January.

********************************* From Irish Eyes
Republished on Spartans Insider
Canton, Ohio's Brandon Long does not yet have any early offers, but he is receiving mail from all over the nation, "I've been contacted by 36 schools. Some of the main ones are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, and Michigan State. All the BIG 10 schools, except for Northwestern, have contacted me." ***************************** From the Arizona Republic by reporter Andrew Bagnato Quoting John L. Smith on what new head coach Mike Stoops can expect on rebuilding a football team from scratch.

"Mike's going to go in there and he has to be himself," Smith said from his office in East Lansing, Mich. "You can't be somebody else. He's going to bring discipline to the program. He knows what's right."

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On Spartans Associate AD Mark Hollis losing out on the University of South Florida job he coveted:

"I respectfully accept the baton from Lee Roy [Selmon] to carry this great program to the next leg of this historic vision," new AD Doug Woolard said. "We want to make USF the best athletic department in the Big East as quickly as we possibly can."

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****************************** By Greg Mancina of the Saginaw News on former Spartan and Northwood Institute defensive end Dedrick Roper's attempt to make the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers

"I felt like I was pretty fast on the field, I was right with them," said Roper, a 6-2, 243-pound California native who spent three seasons at Michigan State -- primarily as a special teams player -- before transferring to Northwood two years ago.

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