Football Blog- Week of Sept. 19, 2005

A mixed bag of news stories involving the Michigan State Spartans that you may have missed.

From the Associated Press: West Virginia has added games against Auburn, Florida State and Michigan State to its future football schedules, athletic director Ed Pastilong said Thursday.

West Virginia also has a letter of intent to play Michigan State in Morgantown in 2010 and in East Lansing in 2011.

From Speedster Brent Vinson, a 6-2, 198-pound athlete from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus, favors the Hokies, but says he would like to set up visits to Southern Cal, Michigan State, Georgia and Ole Miss. Vinson has run the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds and is the No. 15 overall prospect in the state of Virginia.

From Pittsburg Live: South Park 40, Sto-Rox 0 -- Michigan State recruit Connor Dixon was 8 of 10 for 198 yards and two scores to lead No. 1 South Park (3-0, 2-0) to a Century Conference victory over Sto-Rox (1-2, 1-2).

From PR Newswire: The national player of the week nominations are in and the polls are officially open. Spartan fans can cast their vote for Michigan State quarterback Drew Stanton for the Cingular Wireless/ABC Sports All-America Player of the Week, the only major college football honor determined exclusively by fans. Stanton was nominated for the award after passing for 327 yards, three touchdown passes, 48 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown in their 16-27 win over Notre Dame.

Stanton is one of four candidates for the All-America Player of the Week, who are selected by a panel of ABC Sports and ESPN college football analysts.

The other finalists are: University of Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm, who passed for 368 yards and five touchdowns in their 18-22 win over Oregon State. Texas A&M quarterback Reggie McNeal, who passed for 349 yards, five touchdown passes, 100 rushing yards and one touchdown run - setting the school record for 449 total yards - in their win over Southern Methodist University. University of Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart passed for 381 yards and five touchdowns, including one rushing touchdown, in the Trojans' win over University of Arkansas.

-- Text "VOTE" to "87654" on your CINGULAR wireless phone
-- Follow the prompt to vote for your All-America selection
-- Cingular/ABC Sports Player of the Week candidates will be automatically sent out via text messaging each week.

From Newswire: Newswise — The next generation of video games will be explored at an international conference at Michigan State University.

The International Academic Conference on the Future of Game Design and Technology takes place Oct. 13-15 in the MSU Union.

"The goal of Future Play is to bring together academics, industry representatives and students to advance game design and technology through peer-reviewed research, creative and experimental game design and development, and formal and informal discussion on academic and industry-related topics," said Brian Winn, MSU assistant professor of telecommunication, information studies and media and one of the organizers of the conference.

The conference focuses on three main themes.

Future game development, addressing academic research and emerging industry trends in game technology and game design.

Full conference details and online registration are available at

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