Weekend Full Of Events

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State football concludes its 15 spring practices under fourth-year head coach Mark Dantonio with the Green-White intrasquad game on Saturday, April 24 at 1:30 p.m. in Spartan Stadium. Parking is free (in Lots T-79, A-62, S-56, P-39/40, H-63 and M-66), and the stadium gates (Gates B, C, J and K) open at 12 p.m. Admission is free.

For the third year in a row, fans will have an opportunity to purchase press box seats and enjoy the same view as the media that cover Spartan football. Only 100 press box seats - priced at $50 each - are on sale for the spring game. (Note: Minimum age requirement is 12 for press box admission.) Proceeds from the sale of press box seats will benefit the George Webster Scholarship Fund. Fans may order press box seats online at msuspartans.com. The deadline to order press box seats is 12 p.m. Friday, April 23.

Michigan State's spring game will be streamed live on www.bigtennetwork.com and replayed Sunday, April 25 at 5 p.m. on the Big Ten Network, with Jacob Bodnar handling the play-by-play, Otis Wiley providing color commentary and Mandy Piechowski serving as the sideline reporter.

The Spartan Radio Network, featuring veteran play-by-play announcer George Blaha, color analyst Jason Strayhorn and sideline reporter Will Tieman, will broadcast the Green-White spring game to eight affiliates in the state: WVFN (AM 730) in Lansing, WBBL (FM 107.3) in Grand Rapids, WBCK (AM 930) in Battle Creek, WGHN (FM 92.1) in Grand Haven, WBCH (AM 1220/FM 100.1) in Hastings, WDMJ (AM 1320) in Marquette and WLUN (FM 100.9) in Midland. The spring game also can be heard live on satellite radio: SIRIUS (Channel 91) and XM (Channel 197).

In addition, msuspartans.com will provide game-day audio, live in-game statistics (GameTracker), game highlights and post-game interviews.

Prior to the spring game, MSU's coaching staff and players will conduct a free youth football clinic (no registration required). Children, ages 8-12, are invited to attend the youth clinic from 10-11:30 a.m. on the grass practice fields behind the Duffy Daugherty Football Building, located at the corner of Chestnut Road and Shaw Lane. Clinic participants and their parents are requested to enter the practice fields through the gate on Shaw Lane. Over the last seven years, nearly 3,200 children have participated in the annual youth football clinic.

The purpose of the clinic is to introduce youngsters to the game by stressing fundamentals. No football gear is required. From 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Coach Dantonio and his players will be available for an autograph session for clinic participants. In addition, clinic participants 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.

Additional spring game notes:

• Michigan State University Provost Kim Wilcox and Assistant Vice President for MSU's Division of Residential & Hospitality Services Vennie Gore have been selected as honorary captains for Saturday's Green-White spring game.

• Michigan State's spring football games have attracted crowds in excess of 20,000 each of the last three years, with estimated attendance totals of 25,000 in 2007, 27,000 in 2008 and 26,000 in 2009. Those spring game attendance figures have ranked among the nation's top 20 each of the last three years: No. 11 (tied with Florida State) in 2007, No. 17 in 2008 and No. 19 in 2009.

• Fans are reminded that all digital video recording devices are strictly prohibited during the spring game.

• Fans also are reminded that the "open container" ordinance will be enforced on campus and in parking lots for the spring football game.

George Webster Scholarship Fund

The George Webster Scholarship Fund, created in February 2007 through the generosity of Jim Nelson (1960 MSU graduate from Ada, Mich.), provides opportunities for former student-athletes to return to Michigan State each year and complete their degrees. The 2009-10 scholarship recipients are Lee Falardeau (hockey, 2002-04), Eric Knott (football, 2001-04) and Thomas Wright (football, 1999-2002).

Born Nov. 25, 1945, in Anderson, S.C., Webster earned three letters for the Spartans from 1964-66, while playing for legendary head football coach Duffy Daugherty. The two-time consensus All-American and two-time all-conference selection helped Michigan State to a combined record of 19-1-1 in 1965-66 as the Spartans won back-to-back Big Ten Conference and National Championships.

At 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, he revolutionized the roverback position with his size and speed. As a senior, Webster recorded 93 tackles, including 10 for losses, as Michigan State ranked third nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 51.4 yards per game. In 1967, he became just the second former Spartan to have his jersey number (No. 90) retired. Webster was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987. He has been rated among the 100 Greatest Players of All-Time by CollegeFootballNews.com.

A first-round selection (No. 5 overall) by the Houston Oilers in 1967, Webster spent 10 years in the National Football League (Houston, 1967-72; Pittsburgh, 1972-73; and New England, 1974-76). He was selected the American Football League's Rookie of the Year by United Press International after averaging more than 10 tackles per game in 1967. Webster played in three AFL All-Star Games, earning Defensive MVP honors in 1969. In 1970, he was named to the AFL's All-Time Team (first team) by a special panel of Pro Football Hall of Fame voters.

Webster died of heart failure on April 19, 2007, at the age of 61.

Weekend Sports Calendar (On-campus and football-related events scheduled for April 23-25)


Friday, April 23

MSU Football Players Association Golf Outing: 10 a.m. (Brookshire Inn & Golf Club, Williamston, Mich.)

Baseball: vs. Illinois, 3:05 p.m. (McLane Baseball Stadium)

Women's Soccer: exhibition vs. Central Michigan, 4 p.m. (DeMartin Stadium)


Saturday, April 24

Men's Golf: Fossum/Spartan Invitational, 9 a.m. (Forest Akers West Course)

Youth Football Clinic: 10-11:30 a.m. (Duffy Daugherty Football Building/grass practice fields)

Women's Tennis: vs. Indiana, 11 a.m. (Spartan Outdoor Tennis Courts)

Baseball: vs. Illinois, 12 p.m. (McLane Baseball Stadium)

Spring Football Game: 1:30 p.m. (Spartan Stadium)


Sunday, April 25

Men's Golf: Fossum/Spartan Invitational, 9 a.m. (Forest Akers West Course)

Women's Tennis: vs. Illinois, 11 a.m. (Spartan Outdoor Tennis Courts)

Baseball: vs. Illinois, 1:05 p.m. (McLane Baseball Stadium)

Men's Soccer: exhibition vs. FC London, 1 p.m. (DeMartin Stadium)


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