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Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal sports staff on Michigan State football/basketball and beyond.

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Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal sports staff on Michigan State football/basketball and beyond.

    Jalen Terry's comments, Tom Izzo contract, Indiana and Minnesota preview

    Jalen Terry's comments, Tom Izzo contract, Indiana and Minnesota preview

    Each week, Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari react to the biggest news in Spartans sports. 

    This week's hodgepodge of news includes: 

    Cassius Winston breaks Mateen Cleaves' Big Ten assist record in MSU's win over Wisconsin (2:06)

    4-star PG Jalen Terry, who decommited from MSU in the fall, comments on his reasons for doing so (9:28)

    Details on Tom Izzo's latest contract, which was signed before the Final Four last year (17:56)

    Rutgers makes the AP Top 25, plus one voter omits MSU from his poll (20:43)

    Preview of Indiana and Minnesota games (26:08)

    MSU football's strength of schedule for 2020 (29:19)

    Twitter Questions (32:52)

    Predictions for IU and Minnesota games (42:46)

    • 44 min
    What still lingers from MSU's loss to Purdue, Aaron Henry, Mark Dantonio bonus talk

    What still lingers from MSU's loss to Purdue, Aaron Henry, Mark Dantonio bonus talk

    Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari, along with host Phil Friend, discuss the latest in Spartan news. 

    This week's topics: 

    - MSU basketball's loss to Purdue, Kyle Ahrens injury, what's wrong with Aaron Henry, Wisconsin preview (3:30)

    - MSU football: Mark Dantonio's $4.3 million retention bonus, staff chances, Cody White declares for the NFL draft, LaDarius Jefferson transfers to Western Michigan and George Perles' legacy (29:44)

    - Twitter questions (50:10)

    - Wisconsin predictions (55:45)

    • 58 min
    Michigan State basketball tops Michigan. Again.

    Michigan State basketball tops Michigan. Again.

    The Spartan Speak podcast is back from the holiday break and ready to wreck some fools ... not unlike what the Michigan State men's basketball team did to Michigan on Sunday afternoon in an 86-69 win at Breslin Center for the fourth straight win over the Wolverines. 

    Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch, sports reporter Phil Friend and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari's discussion topics include: 

    MSU's win over Michigan (2:37)

    A look at the Big Ten picture (20:54)

    Recapping our picks in the Big Ten bowl games (31:28)

    MSU football notes, including Josiah Scott, Ed Warinner, Wake Forest QB Jamie Newman and Mark Dantonio leaving his coaching staff intact for 2020 (35:31)

    Twitter questions (46:21)

    Predictions for Thursday's Minnesota game (56:13)

    • 59 min
    Pinstripe Bowl: Post-game reaction to Michigan State's win over Wake Forest

    Pinstripe Bowl: Post-game reaction to Michigan State's win over Wake Forest

    Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and sportswriter Phil Friend pick out the highlights and newsworthy items from Michigan State's 27-21 victory over Wake Forest on Friday evening in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. 

    Topics include:

    - Brian Lewerke's performance

    - Wide receiver youth movement

    - Mark Dantonio's future

    - And more!

    • 23 min
    Pinstripe Bowl preview, Joshua Langford, Big Ten bowl picks

    Pinstripe Bowl preview, Joshua Langford, Big Ten bowl picks

    MERRY CHRISTMAS SPARTAN SPEAK FAM! Your eyes and ears are not deceiving you as we have delivered into your stocking a Christmas Day edition of the podcast!

    This week, Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari, Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and LSJ sportswriter Phil Friend get you ready for the Spartan football team's bowl game against Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl.

    This week's topics:
    - Christmas icebreakers
    - MSU basketball announces that Joshua Langford will not return this season, and potentially ever
    - Pinstripe Bowl preview
    - Picking the winners of the Big Ten bowl game
    - Talking Michigan State hockey with the LSJ's Nate Bott

    • 51 min
    6 players that excite us from the 2020 recruiting class, Christmas gifts for MSU athletics

    6 players that excite us from the 2020 recruiting class, Christmas gifts for MSU athletics

    Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch, sports reporter Phil Friend and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari are in the holiday spirit this week as Christmas nears. Even with the holiday break coming, there's no such thing as a break in sports reporting - or podcasts. 

    This week's topics:

    - Has MSU basketball taken a step forward since losing to Duke? (6:52)

    - MSU football national signing day preview (21:15)

    - The 6 players from the 2020 class that excites us the most (28:39)

    - 6 Christmas gifts for MSU Athletics, courtesy of Chris and Graham (42:04)

    - Twitter questions (52:24)

    - Northwestern predictions (56:35)

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

PotockiN ,

Great Podcast for Michigan State sports fans

I enjoy listening to Spartan Speak. The guys do a great job covering topics of interest, and the preview prior to games amps up the excitement. Over the last few years the audio has improved, and no longer do I consider it an issue. Keep it up!

miller_benjamina ,

The Freep App...but a podcast

Couch really is the best writer covering MSU today, nearly moving into Rexrode-level coverage and writing. Solari is fine, certainly better than some of the junk coming from other columnists and reporters decidedly on one side of the Blue Wall. (Seriously Windsor, Wojo, why do you even pretend?)

It is a solid summary of the current state of play in various Spartan Sports, depending on the season. Couch gets extra credit here for also including Hockey and other non-revenue sports. Nice to hear more depth on particular items referenced in columns, expands on different issues, etc.

Would like to see updates more than once a week, but understand nobody is paying Graham and Chris (or the Phil) to do it. Appreciate that they do, recommend other Spartans listen as well.

msubeagle ,

Solid podcast

Spartan analysis from good writers who aren’t fanboys.

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