NEW MSU FOOTBALL RECRUIT

     Michigan State on Tuesday landed another football recruit.  He is Denicos Allen, a 6-foot, 205 pound linebacker from Hamilton High School near Dayton, Ohio.  Allen chose MSU over Cincinnati and Illinois.  He is considered a top defensive player in the Greater Miami Conference.  He will sign officially in February.

     Two big high school football games this Friday, Sexton at Mason and Haslett at DeWitt.  All of the teams are red hot with three regular season games to play.  I'm thinking Mason, 5-1, will win at home and could win the CAAC Red title.  I'm leaning to DeWitt, only because the Panthers are playing at home but Haslett has won four in a row and is full of confidence at this point.

     Jeff Rochester was detected with a malignant brain tumor a year ago but pitched his senior season last spring for Eaton Rapids High School.  His condition worsened over the summer preventing him from entering college.  He now is under some aggressive treatment and a fund raiser will be held for the family at 5pm Saturday at the Methodist Church in downtown Eaton Rapids.  Cost for the barbecue is $6 apiece.

     Michigan State's hockey hasn't had much practice time but the regular season begins for the Spartans in Boston this week end.  The Spartans face U-Mass at 4:30pm Friday and Boston University on Saturday night.  MSU played 25 guys in its 4-3 exhibition win Monday night over Western Ontario in Munn Arena with three different goalies sharing one period apiece.  MSU's seventh year head coach Rick Comley said he was satisfied by what he saw and figures senior goalie Jeff Lerg will have to buy time with stellar play until his new players jell in the system.

     At this point will Michigan play in a 34th consecutive bowl game and keep the nation's longest streak alive?  Michigan is 2-3 and should beat Toledo this Saturday.  But figure on losses at both Penn State and Ohio State.  That's 3-5 with four swing games to get three wins-- MSU and Northwestern at home and Purdue and Minnesota on the road.  No easy task for the Wolverines ahead.  Coach Rich Rodriguez says his team isn't lazy but it is playing "soft" and he adds that it is unacceptable.

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