You're a hard core MSU football fan if you recognize the name of Blaine Bennett.  He's 43 years old.  Here are his last three years in a nutshell-- 2005 he was quarterbacks coach at Purdue.  In 2006 he was assistant head coach to John L. Smith at Michigan State.  After the firing, Bennett returned to Lafayette as head coach at a high school.  Friday, Bennett returned to his home state, Washington, to become head coach at Central Washington University.  I'm sure he's hoping to stay there for more than a year.

     I had to look it up because I could not believe MSU men's basketball has lost 11 of its last 12 Big Ten road games.  But those are the accurate numbers.  The Spartans face a daunting task at much improved Minnesota on Sunday at 4pm.  The game will be seen on the Big Ten Network.  The question is did Indiana take anything out of the Gophers with Thursday night's 65-60 win?  Or will Minnesota be resolved to split the home series against the Big Ten heavyweights?  The game figures to be a similar war.  I'll take State, just because MSU is not a team that loses 11 of 12 on the road in the Big Ten.  And don't argue with me either.  I'll apologize later if the Spartans lose.

     Any of four CCHA hockey teams could win the national title in April in Denver.  Michigan, Michigan State, Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame are all well ahead of the rest of the 12-team league.  All play great defense.  Even the three who do not win the league title, especially MSU, I believe is capable of winning it all.  Any of them could win four game sin the NCAA tournament.  But winning the CCHA, a much longer schedule, is almost a tougher task when you think about it.

     Two solid East Lansing High School athletes are trying to determine their futures-- basketballer Charles Woods likely will end up playing next season at Denver, although I don't know why any of the in state MAC schools haven't offered to him.  And football running back Issac Harper, a sensational prospect, has some test scores to get returned before he can focus in on where he might play next fall. 

     Will there still be three area unbeaten girls high school hoops teams by the end of play Friday?  Stay tuned.  East Lansing, Portland and Portland St. Pat's are all unbeaten and Waverly only has one loss.  All of them could make a splash in the state tournament come March.


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