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Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal … Lansing, Michigan. 

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    • 4.6, 198 Ratings

Weekly discussion from the Lansing State Journal … Lansing, Michigan. 

    Michigan State lands Emoni Bates. What happens now?

    Michigan State lands Emoni Bates. What happens now?

    Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch were just as stunned as everybody else when Emoni Bates - widely considered the best basketball prodigy since LeBron James - committed to Michigan State on Monday. 

    Chris and Graham share their reactions to the news and also answer your Twitter questions. 

    • 54 min
    Michigan State athletes return to campus, but should they; Plus, the futures of Max Christie, Xavier Tillman, Aaron Henry

    Michigan State athletes return to campus, but should they; Plus, the futures of Max Christie, Xavier Tillman, Aaron Henry

    Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss the latest in Spartan news. But before that, we address the George Floyd killing, the nationwide protests and the Black Lives Matter movement that's sweeping through the United States and the world (5:30).

    From there, they discuss the return of MSU athletes to campus, which is scheduled to take place Monday (18:55), whether or not the college football season will take place as scheduled (2), t4:00he announcement of Central Michigan to future football schedules (31:48), Xavier Tillman, Aaron Henry and the NBA draft (38:32) and 2021 recruiting target Max Christie (43:24).

    • 48 min
    Joshua Langford shoots for return to MSU basketball, voluntary workouts coming back for NCAA sports

    Joshua Langford shoots for return to MSU basketball, voluntary workouts coming back for NCAA sports

    With so much Michigan State-related breaking news this week, this was the time for Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari to reconvene for a new podcast episode.

    This week's topics: 
    NCAA Division I Council votes to allow football, men's basketball and women's basketball to resume voluntary workouts on June 1.
    Joshua Langford has expressed to Tom Izzo his desire to return to the MSU basketball team after missing the last year and a half with an injury
    NBA draft talk
    Curtis Blackwell lawsuit 
    NFL Draft/UFA roundup with MSU players
    Football recruiting update
    Cassius Winston and Pierre Brooks talk

    • 58 min
    MSU hoops aims to land Karim Mane and Pierre Brooks, Football recruits, NFL draft

    MSU hoops aims to land Karim Mane and Pierre Brooks, Football recruits, NFL draft

    It's been more than a month since we last convened, so Detroit Free Press sportswriter Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch have plenty to catch up on. 

    This week's topics: 
    Mel Tucker, MSU football land 6 commits: Tyson Watson, Derrick Harmon, Davion Primm, Ethan Boyd, Gabe Nealy and Antoine Booth
    NFL draft prospects of Kenny Willekes, Joe Bachie, Raequan Williams, Josiah Scott and Brian Lewerke
    MSU basketball's chances of landing basketball recruits Karim Mane and Pierre Brooks
    Twitter questions

    • 57 min
    Social distancing, hypothetical Final Four picks, MSU trivia

    Social distancing, hypothetical Final Four picks, MSU trivia

    The Spartan Speak podcast practiced social distancing for this week's show, as Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari do their best to avoid coronavirus. 

    This week's topics:
    Coronavirus, coronavirus, coronavirus: How it's affecting our lives, the world, the sports world and, later, Michigan State sports and NCAA spring athletes
    If There Was A 2020 NCAA Tournament: Using the bracket made by ESPN's Joe Lunardi, Phil joins the discussion and we all pick our hypothetical Final Four teams and national champion.
    Trivia Time! In what most closely resembles a Sporcle quiz, Phil tests out Graham and Chris's knowledge on two MSU basketball-related questions.

    • 48 min
    Coronavirus concerns, MSU wins share of Big Ten, plus conference tournament picks for each game

    Coronavirus concerns, MSU wins share of Big Ten, plus conference tournament picks for each game

    On this week's Spartan Speak, Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari get ready for the college basketball postseason. Whether they'll be reporting from tournament locations or from home waits to be seen. 

    This week's topics:

    MSU wins share of Big Ten title with win over Ohio State, plus Chris Holtmann's comments about Spartan players kissing midcourt during the game

    A spirited discussion on how the coronavirus is going to affect the Big Ten, NCAA tournaments and how fans can/will cope with teams potentially playing in front of empty stadiums

    A breakdown of the All-Big Ten picks, and Graham defends his decision not to put Cassius Winston on the second team in his USA TODAY picks

    Graham and Chris make their picks for every Big Ten tournament game, and select a champion

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
198 Ratings

198 Ratings

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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