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Malik McDowell’s mother has not signed his letter of intent for Michigan State

Malik-McDowell-Michigan-StateFive-star defensive end recruit Malik McDowell committed to Michigan State on Wednesday, but there could be a slight problem. McDowell went to high school in Michigan. For whatever reason, his parents don’t want him staying in-state for college. They made that clear before national signing day, but McDowell went and committed to MSU anyway. The issue is he’s only 17.

McDowell’s age makes him a minor, which means his legal guardian must also sign his letter of intent. Malik’s father Greg was with him when he chose the Spartans on Wednesday, but his father is not his legal guardian. McDowell’s mother, Joya Crowe, will have to sign the letter before Malik can make it official.

“I’m not legally able to do it because I’m not the custodial parent,” Greg told The Detroit News after McDowell made his announcement. “She has to sign it and I have to sign it, too. I don’t know when it will happen. Malik has to handle that with his Mom. I’m willing to do whatever my son wants. It’s been a long process and an uneasy process.

“That’s something he’ll have to deal with, because at the end of the day it’s all about him and he has to work it out.”

Joya previously told reporters that there is a reason she does not want Malik going to Michigan State, though she would not reveal the reason.

“We don’t want him at MSU,” she told the Detroit Free Press earlier this week. “Something happened, I don’t want to put it out there what it was, but I had a bad experience at MSU.”

For all we know Joya is planning to sign the letter and simply hasn’t gotten around to it yet. Having said that, we have seen parents get in the way of high schoolers committing to schools in the past. It wouldn’t shock us if she held out.

H/T Dr. Saturday
Photo via Twitter/Tim Sullivan

Malik McDowell commits to Michigan State against parents’ wishes

Malik-McDowell-Michigan-StateFive-star defensive end recruit Malik McDowell was one of the more interesting players to watch on national signing day. McDowell, one of the top-rate defensive linemen in the Class of 2014, played high school football at Southfield High School in Michigan. Despite that, his parents urged him to attend college elsewhere.

“We don’t want him at MSU,” McDowell’s mother Joya Crowe told the Detroit Free Press earlier this week. “Something happened, I don’t want to put it out there what it was, but I had a bad experience at MSU.”

McDowell’s father Greg said he feared his son would have “too much social life” if he attended Michigan State. Yet on Wednesday, with his father at his side, McDowell announced his decision to commit to the Spartans and signed his letter of intent.

“I like a lot about the Spartans,” he said. “I like Coach (Dantonio), Coach (Pat) Narduzzi and Coach Burton a lot, and Coach (Terry) Samuel too. Just the team atmosphere, I like the school atmosphere. Just the overall school, pretty much.”

We have no idea why McDowell’s parents were so set against MSU, but his love for the school apparently outweighed their concerns. What we do know is that the Spartans were very good in 2013. They should be a contender again next season.

H/T Dr. Saturday
Photo via Twitter/Tim Sullivan

Michigan State football team leads fans in Daniel Bryan YES chant (Video)

It was quite the scene in East Lansing on Tuesday night when the entire crowd at the Breslin Center broke out in the Daniel Bryan “Yes” chant during halftime.

The chant was led by the Michigan State football team (specifically guard Travis Jackson), which is coming off a huge Rose Bowl victory over Stanford on New Year’s.

Daniel Bryan is a WWE wrestler, and one of his signature moves is the “Yes! lock.” He also has developed the YES chant as his signature gimmick. In the video above, you can see Jackson lead the fans in the chant. Throughout the game, Michigan State students did the “YES!” chant to try distracting Ohio State at the free-throw line. Here they did it in the second half:

The students also did it in the first half:

There actually is a lot of history with Michigan State doing the Yes! chant.

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Mark Dantonio, Michigan State celebrate with Rich Homie Quan after Rose Bowl

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio hardly ever cracks a smile. Wednesday night was an exception, as his team held off Stanford to win the Spartans’ first Rose Bowl since 1988. Not only was Dantonio all smiles, he also showed off his dance moves with rapper Rich Homie Quan in the locker room after the game.

Rich Homie’s track “Some Type of Way” has become the unofficial anthem of the Spartans this season, with Dantonio and his team dancing to the song after they beat Michigan earlier this season. For obvious reasons, Rich Homie has become a Michigan State fan over the past few months. He joined the Spartans for their postgame celebration after the Rose Bowl. Here’s a screenshot of Dantonio and Rich Homie that SB Nation passed along:

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Dantonio might not seem like the type of guy who would enjoy hip-hop, but coaches enjoy just about anything their players like after they win a game like the Rose Bowl. The dancing was a fitting end to a fantastic season.

Video via SB Nation

Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State player furious over pass interference call

Nebraska beat Michigan State 28-24 on Saturday after getting a break on a pass interference call that had the Spartans players fuming after the game.

Michigan State was up 24-21 in the final minute and had the Cornhuskers in a 3rd-and-10 situation at the 20. That’s when the Spartans were flagged for a b.s. pass interference call that had our buddy World of Isaac (who provided the GIF below) up in arms:

Thanks to the b.s. penalty, Nebraska had a first-and-goal situation from the five. They scored two plays later to win 28-24.

Naturally, Michigan State players were fuming on Twitter over the call. Le’Veon Bell, who had 188 yards and two touchdowns, took the refs to task. He sent the tweets below that have since been deleted.

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Urban Meyer sends video of alleged Michigan State eye gouging to Big Ten

Two days after being accused of doctoring game film sent to their opponent, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer responded by sending the Big Ten a complaint video of his own.

The Detroit Free Press reported that Meyer said at his Monday press conference that he sent video to the conference of a Michigan State player allegedly gouging one of his players in the eye.

Buckeyes defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is at the bottom of a pile and appears to have his eyes poked by either Travis Jackson or Jack Allen of Michigan State.

Here’s video of the incident in question:

Deadspin has a much higher quality video if you care to take another look.

Meyer is no stranger to eye gouging incidents. In 2009, one of his linebackers at Florida, Brandon Spikes, was caught on video poking Georgia’s Washaun Ealey.

“I don’t condone that,” Meyer said at the time. “I understand what goes on on the football [field], but there’s no place for that. We’re going to suspend Brandon for the first half of the Vanderbilt game. I spoke with him. That’s not who he is. That’s not who we are. He got caught up in emotion.”

Maybe Mark Dantonio should follow Meyer’s lead and suspend his player for a half. It’s also worth noting that this is the second time in a two years that a Michigan State player was caught eye gouging.

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Michigan State reportedly accuses Ohio State of doctoring game tape

After Michigan State lost at home to Ohio State 17-16 on Saturday, the Spartans reportedly called into question the Buckeyes’ gamesmanship during the week leading up to the game.

While speaking outside the Michigan State locker room after the game, MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi said, “We had tape cut off all week, where they changed the tape, I’m not gonna lie to you,” according to the Detroit Free Press. “They send you tape and they’ve got it all cut off and you don’t get to see shifts or motions or anything else.”

The Big Ten requires teams to provide conference opponents with film of all their games as shot by the team’s video staff. According to the report, Michigan State did not get full game film of Ohio State until Thursday and was forced to go to nonconference teams who played Ohio State for more film.

“A few other teams we talked to that they played, and we compared what they were looking at on tape to what we were looking at,” Narduzzi reportedly continued. “We’re like, ‘We don’t see any of that. We see it on their tape but not on our tape.’ So that’s something I’m sure the Big Ten office will hopefully take care of.”

Though Narduzzi indicated to the Free Press that Michigan State had filed a complaint against the Buckeyes with the conference, the paper reported that the schools’ athletic directors worked out the issue without Big Ten intervention.

First-year Ohio State coach Urban Meyer denied knowledge of the alleged doctored tapes.

“I don’t know anything about that,” Meyer reportedly said after his press conference. “I don’t handle the video. What are they saying?

“There is no video issue here,” Meyer reportedly told the Free Press.

Meyer, who won two national championships with Florida, is no stranger to controversy with his fellow Big Ten coaches. He rubbed some of them the wrong way when he got recruits to flip their commitments from opposing schools on National Signing Day.

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