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MSU's win over Iowa might change the course of the season
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Michigan State's comeback win over No. 17 Iowa on Tuesday night wasn't a dream. That actually happened, and could be a turning point in the Spartans' season. That's just one of the items Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari discuss on this week's podcast. The full list of topics include: -MSU's win over Iowa - Saturday's game vs. Maryland - Predicting the final Big Ten standings - Projecting NCAA Tournament seeds for B1G teams - Mel Tucker's new assistant coaches - Mel Tucker's press conference - Predictions for Maryland game

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Mel Tucker's coaching hires, MSU hoops loses to Maryland, Nebraska preview
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari try and catch their breath after a whirlwind two weeks that saw Mark Dantonio resign as the Spartans' football coach and the hiring of Mel Tucker.  This week, Graham and Chris:  - discuss the hiring of Ron Burton, Mike Tressel and Chris Kapilovic as assistant coaches, along with the reported hiring of Jay Johnson as offensive coordinator - Predict what will happen within the next month or so for the football program - Break down the basketball team's 67-60 loss to Maryland on Saturday - Preview and make predictions for Thursday's game at Nebraska

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How Mel Tucker became Michigan State's new football coach
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There are no waffling flakes when it comes to the Spartan Speak podcast with Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch. It's been a busy week in Spartan world, as MSU officially announced its new football coach with the hiring of Mel Tucker, in which news broke in the middle of the night Wednesday morning following the Illinois game.  This week, Graham and Chris: - Discuss everything that's happened this week, from Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon's release of the contract details - Break down the hoops team's Tuesday night win over Illinois and preview Saturday night's Maryland game.

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Reaction to Mark Dantonio's retirement as Michigan State's football coach
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Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari, along with Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and sportswriter Phil Friend, break away from the normal Spartan basketball coverage to tackle Tuesday's stunning news that football coach Mark Dantonio is retiring.  Topics include:  - Reaction to Dantonio's announcement on Twitter (Starting at 3:13) - His legacy - The press conference and the halftime speech - Potential replacements - How Dantonio's announcement affected the beginning of the second signing period - We also find some time to talk about men's basketball team's losses to Wisconsin and Penn State, and preview Saturday's game against Michigan (39:57).

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

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

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Michigan State basketball tops Michigan. Again.
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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)

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

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Pinstripe Bowl preview, Joshua Langford, Big Ten bowl picks
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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

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

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Adjusting Michigan State basketball's expectations after Duke loss
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On this week's podcast, Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch, sportswriter Phil Friend and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari put away their leis from Maui and try to dissect the latest difficult stretch in Spartan sports. This week's topics: - MSU basketball's loss to Duke, have we made expectations too high this season, what's wrong with Aaron Henry, Foster Loyer and Rocket Watts (3:06) - Big Ten hoops might be way better than initially advertised, with Maryland (3), Michigan (4) and Ohio State (6) all ranked in the top 10 in this week's USA TODAY coaches poll (31:23)  - MSU-Maryland football post-game discussion (39:10)  - What bowl game do you want MSU to play in (48:12) - Reviewing our preseason predictions (51:33)   - Twitter Questions (58:21) - Predictions for which four teams will make the College Football Playoff (1:03:08)

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Post-game reaction to Michigan State football's 19-16 win over Maryland
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It's official - the Spartans are going bowling after beating Maryland, 19-16, to earn their sixth win of the season Saturday. The Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch and Phil Friend get out their bowling ball and gloves to break down Michigan State's victory.

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Should Mark Dantonio be Michigan State's football coach in 2020
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and podcast producer Phil Friend are ready to say "Aloha" to Michigan and "Aloha" to Hawaii in advance of next week's Maui Invitational. But first, there's some Spartan football news to get to. This week's topics: - Mark Dantonio says he'll be MSU's football coach in 2020. Should he be? - Leftovers from MSU's loss to Michigan on Saturday - What happens Saturday vs. Rutgers - Cassius Winston's post-game speech to fans following Charleston Southern game - Maui Invitational preview - Rutgers predictions

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Michigan 44, Michigan State 10: Post-game reaction
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The Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch and Phil Friend deliver their instant reaction to Michigan State's 44-10 blowout loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor, with Graham calling in from Michigan Stadium.

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It's Michigan football week
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Lansing State Journal columnist Graham Couch, Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari and LSJ sportswriter Phil Friend are ready to see their Twitter mentions dissolve into a cesspool of hate with the Michigan State-Michigan football game on the schedule for Saturday.  This week's topics: - Did Brian Lewerke suffer a concussion in Saturday's game vs. Illinois? (1:29) - MSU/U-M football talk (12:22) - MSU great Charles Rogers dies at 38 after lengthy illness (28:52) - Cassius Winston played with a heavy heart vs. Binghamton on Sunday, a day after his younger brother Zachary died (35:27) - Seton Hall preview (45:09) - Twitter questions (48:27) - Predictions for Michigan and Seton Hall game (50:04)

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It gets worse: Michigan State football stunned by Illinois, 37-34
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It's a trio of Lansing State Journal reporters as Phil Friend, Graham Couch and Nate Atkins pick through the rubble once again as Michigan State blew a 28-3 lead and lost to Illinois, 37-34.

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Fallout from MSU hoops loss to Kentucky, Joe Bachie, Illinois preview
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Lansing State Journal sports reporter Phil Friend, sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari gather in the Friend Zone to spend an hour talking Graham's foot injury he suffered in New York City. OK, that's only for like a minute.  This week's topics include:  - War Drill: MSU linebacker Joe Bachie is suspended by the Big Ten after testing positive for a banned substance; Michigan legislature introduces bill that would allow student-athletes to receive lucrative endorsement deals; and MSU football lands a 2020 QB (2:34) - The Spartan basketball team's loss to Kentucky. We run a four-point play with our main takeaways from the loss (15:22) - The football team is coming off a bye heading into Saturday's game, and Graham and Chris go four downs with what they're looking for in this game (26:32). - Twitter questions (38:54) - Predictions for the Illinois game (47:05)

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The Michigan State basketball preview extravaganza
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Lansing State Journal digital sports reporter -- and podcast producer -- Phil Friend wrestles host duties away this week (and perhaps permanently) as sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari fully enter the Friend Zone to talk the latest in Spartan sports.  This week's breakdown: - WAR Drill. Topics include Draymond Green, Emoni Bates and name, image and licensing rights (2:39) - MSU basketball season preview, which includes 1) a breakdown of Tuesday's exhibition game vs. Albion; 2) a snake draft of MSU's basketball roster between the three of us; 3) season over-unders; and 4), previewing next week's Kentucky game (25:35) - A four-days-later breakdown of the Spartan football team's loss to Penn State, and, which has been a recurring theme in recent weeks, what went wrong and how can the team be fixed (55:47) - Twitter questions (1:13:57) - How well do we know our Spotify listeners? (1:21:20) - Kentucky predictions (1:25:56)

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Picking through what's left of MSU football's carcass after blowout loss to Penn State
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Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch, sports storyteller Nate Atkins and podcast producer Phil Friend attempt to find out what meat is left on the bone after the Michigan State football team was dominated for a third consecutive game, this time by No. 6 Penn State, 28-7.

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Joshua Langford injury, Joey Hauser saga, transfer portals, Penn State preview
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Lansing State Journal sports columnist Graham Couch and Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer Chris Solari were not as Spartan basketball's "secret" scrimmage vs. Gonzaga last weekend so they could record this week's podcast. We go heavy into the news that Joshua Langford will be out until at least January after re-injuring this, then talk Joey Hauser waiver saga and takeaways from what's been reported about the Gonzaga scrimmage. On the football side, we discuss what MSU can take away from Penn State's win over Michigan, Cam Chambers and Noah Davis entering the transfer portal, depth chart talk, Dantonio presser and finally, our predictions for Saturday.

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