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Five-star Saginaw Heritage receiver Brian Cole picks Michigan

Brian Cole: Michigan "felt like the place I need to be." Allen Trieu / Scout.com

Five-star wide receiver Brian Cole of Saginaw Heritage, ranked the No. 5 player at his position for 2015, committed to Michigan on Saturday. More

Five players to watch on Michigan State's offense

A hamstring injury slowed Aaron Burbridge in 2013. David Guralnick / Detroit News

It took the Michigan State offense a few weeks to get going last season, but once it did, it led the Spartans to a Big Ten championship and a victory in the Rose Bowl. Most of that core is back for 2014. More

Five players to watch on Michigan State's defense

Taiwan Jones is moving to middle linebacker, replacing Max Bullough. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State's defense has been among the best in the nation for three years running and the Spartans will expect no less in 2014. Still, six starters are gone, so some guys will have to step up. More

Ex-Wolverine Jordan Morgan signs with Italian League team Virtus Roma

Jordan Morgan was Michigan's captain this past season. Robin Buckson / Detroit News

Former Michigan forward Jordan Morgan has signed with Virtus Roma, a professional club that competes in the Italian League. More

Son: Late Penn State coach Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky

This Aug. 8, 2008 file photo shows Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, walking with his son and quarterback coach Jay Paterno. Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true. More

Penn State introduces Sandy Barbour as new athletic director

New Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour talks with reporters on Saturday in State College, Pa. Christopher Weddle / Associated Press

The 54-year-old Barbour replaces David Joyner, who announced he was resigning last month. Joyner took over at Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal and held the job for two and a half years. More

Michigan State's class continues to grow with Josh Butler, Felton Davis

Josh Butler picked the Spartans over Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA and many other top programs. Scout.com / Greg Powers

Michigan State's recruiting class of 2015 grew by two this week when Highland Springs (Virginia) wide receiver Felton Davis and West Mesquite (Texas) cornerback Josh Butler both committed to the Spartans. More

Michigan State's Adreian Payne signs rookie deal with Hawks

Adreian Payne was the No. 15 pick in the NBA draft. John Bazemore / Associated Press

Financial terms were not announced, but under the NBA's rookie pay scale, Payne will make about $1.5 million in his first season. More

MSU's Archie Collins, Michigan's Cato June join Lions for internship program

Cato June was named NFL All-Pro in 2005 with the Colts. Donna Ward / Getty Images

The Lions have added four interns to their coaching staff as part of the the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. They are Archie Collins, Cato June, Quinn Gray and Kefense Hynson. More

Michigan hockey opens with road game at Ferris State; complete schedule here

Red Berenson's Wolverines won 18 games last season. David Guralnick / Detroit News

Michigan's complete hockey schedule, announced Friday, includes a season-opening game at Ferris State and a Big Ten opening series at home against Penn State on Nov. 21-22. More

Ron McKeefery joins ex-coach, friend Chris Creighton in building Eastern Michigan football program

Ron McKeefery, who has worked for the Bengals, Buccaneers and two Division 1 football programs, oversees a weight-room workout. Mark Bialek / Special to the Detroit News

McKeefery, then a senior at Ottawa (Kansas) University in 1997, played for first-time coach Chris Creighton, who was hired to turn around a program that was 1-9 in 1996. More

Report: Patrick Beilein leaving West Virginia Wesleyan to work for Jazz

Patrick Beilein was a graduate assistant at Michigan under his father, John Beilein. Tony Ding / Associated Press

Michigan coach John Beilein's son, Patrick Beilein, is leaving his job as head coach at West Virginia Wesleyan to work on the staff of the Utah Jazz, according to a report. More

Friday's college football roundup: Texas kicks 6 players off team

Josh Turner was projected to be one of Texas' starters this season. Michael Thomas / Associated Press

At least six players have been kicked off the team since he became coach, in addition to the two Longhorns players suspended Thursday after their arrests for sexual assault. More

Media predict MSU's Shilique Calhoun will win Big Ten's top defensive award

Shilique Calhoun had two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries last season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Michigan State defensive end Shilique Calhoun is the favorite to win Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, according to media members who cover conference teams. More

Big Ten media poll: MSU second, Michigan third in East

Tony Lippett returns after catching 44 passes for 613 yards last season. Dale G. Young / Detroit News

Ohio State was picked as the favorite to win the Big Ten championship in a poll of 29 reporters who cover conference teams. More

Ohio State band marches on after director's firing

Ohio State fired band director Jonathan Waters after a university investigation. Adam Cairns / Associated Press

The Ohio State marching band is moving forward without its director: A day after he was fired, the band is performing with the Columbus Symphony in what is often considered its unofficial season kickoff. More

Ohio State fires its marching band director for permitting 'sexualized' culture

Ohio State's band performs before the Orange Bowl game against Clemson on Jan. 3. Associated Press / Lynne Sladky

Jonathan Waters had led the band since 2012, and served in lesser capacities for a decade before that. His halftime shows for what's known to fans as 'The Best Damn Band in the Land' were considered revolutionary. More

More tickets available for Michigan Stadium soccer match

Wayne Rooney is on Manchester United's roster for the match against Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium. Associated Press / Matt Dunham

The Michigan Athletics ticket office announced additional tickets are now available for the Aug. 2 soccer match between Manchester United and Real Madrid. More

Big Ten football championship game tickets on sale Aug. 2

Connor Cook and Michigan State defeated Ohio State 34-24 in last year's Big Ten championship game. Detroit News / Dale G. Young

The game, matching the winners of the East and West divisions, will be Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Michigan State won the game last year, against Ohio State. More

Michigan State conditioning coach Ken Mannie keeps players strong for long run

Ken Mannie enters his 20th season as Michigan State's strength and conditioning coach. Matthew Mitchell / Special to Detroit News

As he enters his 20th season, Mannie has become a leader in his field and now runs an entire department, one that includes far more than a GA nobody could ever find. A staff of six work full time for Mannie, three on football. He also has a graduate assistant and two interns. More

College athletic commissioners are best at crying wolf

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says, "I think you'll see men's Olympic sports go away as a result of the new funding challenges that are coming down the pike." Stephen Dunn / Getty Images

If you believe that, then you'll believe just about everything else they've told you about this multibillion-dollar business that has been built on the backs of a largely unpaid labor force. More

Bowling Green picked to win MAC championship at Ford Field

Travis Greene rushed for 1,594 yards for Bowling Green last season. Duane Burleson / Getty Images

Bowling Green was picked to win the Mid-American Conference football championship in voting Wednesday by media members who cover conference teams. More

Spartans snubbed on ESPN ranking of top defenses in college football

Ed Davis returns to a Spartan defense that allowed 13.2 points per game in 2013. John T. Greilick / Detroit News

Defensive efficiency is determined from a formula that includes three years of recruiting rankings, coaching tenure, returning starters, and defensive efficiency from previous years. More

Michigan's Nik Stauskas concludes 'great first experience' of summer league on high note

Nik Stauskas: 'It's not an NBA championship but it's a great first experience for me.' Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press

The Kings selected Stauskas, a 6-foot-6 guard, eighth overall in last month's draft and already are reaping the benefits, as he hit 48 percent (11-of-23) on 3-pointers. More

Tuesday's college football roundup: Texas coach Charlie Strong backs off bearish assessment of his team

New Texas coach Charlie Strong prefers not to talk about national championships. Erich Schlegel / Getty Images

Charlie Strong riled up plenty of Texas fans during a statewide spring tour by saying the Longhorns wouldn't be in the national championship game. More

Longtime Michigan athletics PR director Jim Schneider passes away

Jim Schneider also served as information director for the CCHA from 1972-84. Michigan Athletics

Jim Schneider, who worked in the University of Michigan athletics public and media relations department from 1978 until his retirement in 2007, passed away on Monday, the university said. More

Monday's college football roundup: Big 12 commissioner has chilling view of future

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks at the opening of the Big 12 football media days in Dallas. L.M. Otero / Associated Press

During his opening address at Big 12 football media days, Bowlsby talked about growing financial constraints athletic programs face going forward and the 'strange environment' that exists with class-action lawsuits against the NCAA and its member schools. More

ACC ready to rise up, led by Heisman winner Jameis Winston, Florida State

Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston led Florida State to the national championship last season. Steve Cannon / Associated Press

It's been a while since the Atlantic Coast Conference entered a season with this much buzz. The realigned league has the defending national champion, a Heisman Trophy winner and a national coach of the year. More

Michigan's John Beilein looks to Italy trip as bonding adventure

Junior guard Caris LeVert takes over the role as team leader for a young Michigan squad this season. Steve Perez / Detroit News

This season could be one of the more challenging for Beilein, with four players from last season's squad in the NBA and one who transferred to Florida. More

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