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This Saturday, for the 112th time, the University of Michigan and Michigan State University will fight over a football for 60 minutes.

During the year’s other 364 days, the two schools’ coaches, players, and fan bases produce enough adolescent sniping and sophomoric stunts to fill a book— in fact, several.

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On my 55th birthday this summer, I stepped on the scale and watched it top out at 205 pounds. Since I’m just 5'8", the Body-Mass Index scale put me in the “obese” category. Awesome.

John U. Bacon

Michigan and Michigan State both entered this season ranked in the top twenty. Both have struggled on offense, and lost some games along the way.

But by the end of October, their paths seemed to have diverged. Michigan State has lost three straight, while Michigan finally found its way with a big win over Notre Dame.

In a surprise move, the NCAA says it intends to allow college athletes to earn compensation — but it says it's only starting to work out the details of how that would take place. The organization's board of governors said Tuesday that it had voted unanimously to permit student-athletes to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.

John U. Bacon

This fall California Governor Gavin Newsome signed a law that will allow college athletes to sell their names, images, and likenesses to whoever wants to buy them.

True, it’s just California, where only four Power-Five schools play; the law won’t take effect until 2023; and the measure addresses just one aspect of the complicated relationship between athletes and their schools.

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California made sports history last month when Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that would let college athletes cash in on the $14 billion college sports industry.

The landmark "Fair Pay to Play Act" opens the door for athletes to be paid for their likeness, name, image, and lets them sign endorsement deals.

two staffers in Michigan football locker room
Doug Tribou / Michigan Radio

Everyone sees the football coaches and the players when they go to a game at the Big House.

What we don’t see are the 67 full-time staffers that support them, almost around the clock. These include everyone from athletic trainers to strength coaches to nutritionists, videographers, and academic advisors, just for starters.

university of michigan football coach jim harbaugh
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Both the Michigan State and Michigan football teams entered last weekend with something to prove – and one of them proved it.

a group of young girls and one adult woman holding skateboards and posing for the camera.
April Van Buren / Michigan Radio

Skateboarding has long been associated with graffiti-covered parks and Vans-clad teenage boys, but a program at the Ann Arbor Skatepark is working to change that stereotype. 

headshot of Valorie Kondos Field
Courtesy of Valorie Kondos Field

 


Michigan was ground zero for a scandal rocked the world of gymnastics and revealed widespread athlete abuse in the sport. In January 2018, hundreds of young women delivered blistering impact statements at the sentencing hearings for serial pedophile Larry Nassar in Ingham and Eaton County courtrooms. 

Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics, and the U.S. Olympic Committee were all called out for failing to protect young athletes. Private gyms and coaches across the country have also been investigated for abusive behavior.

Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

This week Eastern Michigan University opened a brand new training facility for its 436 student athletes.

MSU and U of M football stadiums
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College football is back. With Michigan State and Michigan about to begin their seasons, Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou for a preview. 

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The University of Michigan baseball team finished its season just short of a national championship. In the deciding game of the College World Series final on Wednesday, Vanderbilt beat the Wolverines 8-2. U of M won Game 1, but lost two straight to the Commodores in Omaha, Nebraska.

African American golfer standing on a teebox.
Courtesy of Olajuwon Ajanaku

 

This weekend is the Rocket Mortgage Classic, a PGA golf tournament taking place at the Detroit Golf Club. This will be the first time the PGA has come to Detroit, and the first time in Michigan since 2009.

 

The PGA is coordinating with several nonprofits, including The First Tee of Greater Detroit. This group works to improve access to golf among young people in lower-income communities.

 

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The Palace of Auburn Hills will soon be no more.

The Palace served as the home of the Detroit Pistons and a popular concert venue for decades.  But it will be demolished this fall to make way for a mixed use office park.  

The Pistons organization announced a joint venture between team owner Tom Gores and Livonia-based Schostak Brothers & Company to redevelop the property.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

On Saturday, soap box derby racers made their first appearance in Flint for the first time in more than two decades.

The announcer dramatically counts down, “3, 2, 1 GO….” to start each race.

Starting slowly but gaining speed, a pair of tween drivers pilot their soap box race cars down from the crest of Chevy Commons to Kettering University’s Mobility Research Center.

Soap box derby racing has a long history in Flint, going back to the 1930s. But this is the first time since the 90s there has been a sanctioned race.

Juwan Howard
MGoBlue

When U of M men’s basketball coach John Beilein announced he was leaving Ann Arbor for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, I was as shocked as anyone. But once the dust settled, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel had to make the most important decision of his four-year tenure.

Tracy Samilton / Michigan Radio

An initially emotional Juwan Howard held his first press conference as the new head coach for the University of Michigan's men's basketball program Thursday.  

Juwan Howard
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Juwan Howard, former member of the Fab Five, will be the University of Michigan’s next men’s basketball coach.

U of M officials have been looking for a new men’s basketball coach since the sudden departure of John Beilein to the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers.

John Beilein at the 2018 NCAA Basketball Championship game.
MGoBlog

Usually in this business we hear rumors, feel tremors, or flat-out get tipped off that big news is about to break. Not this time.

When University of Michigan men’s basketball coach John Beilein signed a five-year deal to coach the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers Monday morning, I was as surprised as you.

John Auchter

Sports is often the last refuge for civil conversation. Politics, race AND religion are practically no-go zones these days. But even seemingly benign topics like health or the weather are pocked with landmines:

"It's a bit chilly today." "Yes, it is — so much for your dumb global warming theories!"

John Beilein seated courtside
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University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein reached a deal Sunday to coach the Cleveland Caveliers.

Steve Yzerman
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The Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs again this year – the third year in a row. Not that big of a deal, except the team had just come off a 25-year streak of playoff appearances – the third longest in NHL history. During that streak they won four Stanley Cups. Nobody won more.

It's now commonly accepted that professional wrestling is simply entertainment. But did you know that for decades, Michigan required professional wrestlers to register with the state as athletes? And the Michigan History Center has all those registrations archived.

Joining Stateside to talk about how the state “regulated” the professional wrestling industry for decades is WCSX radio personality, and ringside manager for many independent wrestling events across Michigan, Shaffee Abraham, and state archvist at the Michigan History Center Mark Harvey.

A typical student's view inside the Big House.
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A cooperating prosecution witness testified on Tuesday that he paid college football players at seven major football programs, including the University of Michigan. The schools named were Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Alabama, and North Carolina.

Steve Yzerman
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"The Captain" is coming back home. Steve Yzerman is going to be the next General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Detroit Red Wings. 

The former captain led the Wings to three Stanley Cup championships in his 20 years wearing the "C" on his jersey. 

The 2018-19 MSU men's basketball team
Michigan State Communications

Qualifying for March Madness is a milestone for many college basketball programs, but if your team is still playing in April that’s really something. Michigan State is one of the four teams still alive in the NCAA Men’s basketball tournament. The Spartans will take on Texas Tech Saturday night in Minneapolis.

Michigan State knocks off Duke 68-67 to make Final Four

Apr 1, 2019
Michigan State Spartans
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Cassius Winston put Michigan State on his shoulders and carried the Spartans into the Final Four.

The do-everything point guard took over the game when his team faced its biggest deficit and led second-seeded Michigan State to a 68-67 victory over overall No. 1 seed Duke on Sunday in the East Region final.

Duke boasted the biggest stars in Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, but Winston shined brightest to put Michigan State in the Final Four for the first time since 2015. Winston had 20 points and 10 assists, made nine of his 23 shots and never shied away from shooting.

2019 NCAA Tournament Bracket
Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

Around 47 million Americans are expected to bet on this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament.

That's according to a survey from the American Gaming Association.

Sarah Slane senior vice president of the organization. She says states like Michigan – where betting is illegal – are missing out on revenue.

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Winter weather has been disrupting High School sports schedules more than usual this year.

Dozens of school districts have canceled classes and other events, including sports, this year as the polar vortex sent temperatures plunging in January and winter storms have sent snow drifts deepening in February. 

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