MSU FOOTBALL UPDATES

     The Big Ten Network is originating broadcasts each day from the 11 schools football practices.  MSU is shown beginning at 9pm Tuesday and there are repeats.  I have no idea how many people watch all of this so-called informational programming, but it's what they've been doing the past few days around the league.

     Mark Dantonio meets with the media for an update on Wednesday morning followed by practice.  The Spartans are about to begin direct preparations for their opening game one week from Saturday night at California.  There still are starting jobs to be won and lost even though pre season practice is past the midway point.  Injuries have been at a minimum thus far.  Still to be determined-- team captains.

     DeWitt's 15-year old Brandon Gordon arrived in Houston Tuesday for more cancer treatments which may also include further surgery.  Doctors have found more tumors on the former hockey goalie who was first diagnosed with cancer 25 months ago.  He likely will school himself at home this fall in DeWitt.  He spent last week at the MSU hockey players' pro camp at Munn Arena.  The MSU hockey team has befriended Gordon since his illness was discovered.  He somehow hopes to get his driver's license by his 16th birthday in December.

     Joe Baum, at age 61, tells me he received the green light to become an MSU assistant men's soccer coach next season with the blessing of athletic director Mark Hollis.  Baum coaches his 32nd and final season this fall and the Spartans open at home one week from Friday.  His assistant, Damon Rensing, takes over as head coach in 2009 and Baum will become a second assistant, doing whatever he can to help, as he says, when the time comes that the two coaches switch roles.  Seven Big Ten teams play men's varsity soccer and as usual, Indiana is the team to beat.  This year, for the first time, the league will crown a regular season and tournament champion.

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