Michigan State completed its run for the roses with a victory lap on Wednesday night, defeating Stanford 24-20.
The victory in the 100th Rose Bowl enabled the No. 4-ranked Spartans (13-1) to fulfill the promise Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio made at the conclusion of last season when he said, “You will be the ones” at the team banquet.
“Completion,” Dantonio said in the victory ceremony after the game. “This is a special time for all the Spartans. We found the inches.”
It’s not completely clear at this time what the status is for many members of the Detroit Lions coaching staff. With head coach Jim Schwartz being fired, it’s a good bet that most of his assistants will be let go, and it’s an even better bet that his coordinators will be fired as well. For now, though, there’s no official news on the status of the Lions’ other coaches.
Unofficially, however, it looks as though offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been let go. Dave Birkett reports that “much of the offensive staff” is out as well, but offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn “should be retained,” according to Tim Twentyman. This makes sense considering how outstanding the O-line was under Washburn’s coaching in 2013.
Schwartz is 29-52 over five full years, with just one playoff appearance. The Lions (7-9) lost four games in a row, and six of their last seven, to miss the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 years. (WDIV)
The University of Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein announced today that sophomore forward Mitch McGary will be out indefinitely after he elected to have back surgery. There is no timetable for McGary’s return, but the medical staff expects him to make a full recovery.
Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard was named this year’s Jim Thorpe Award winner, which recognizes the nation’s top defensive back in college football.