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CITY Ex-MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon listens to the prosecutor’s opening statement during the first day of Simon’s preliminary hearing at Eaton County District Court on Feb. 5, 2019. PHOTO BY ANNTANINNA BIONDO
Lou Anna K. Simon in court: Opening statements, Thomashow testifies BY CHASE MICHAELSON CMICHAELSON@STATENEWS.COM
he preliminary examination for former Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon was held in Eaton County District Court Feb. 5. Simon is charged with four counts of lying to a peace officer, including two felonies. These charges carry a maximum penalty of four years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Both the prosecution from the Attorney General’s office and Simon’s defense made opening statements, followed by testimony from Amanda Thomashow, a survivor of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. She made a complaint to MSU after her March 2014 assault. This was the first court testimony made by Thomashow in any proceeding related to her assault. The prosecution began by showing enlarged email communications from May 2014 between Paulette Granberry Russell, a former senior presidential advisor, and Simon. The email included the line “we have an incident involving a sports medicine doc.” Then, the prosecution alleged Russell and Simon had a May 19, 2014, meeting, and presented an image of a folder. Prosecutors said Russell will testify she prepared that folder — with “sports med, Dr. Nassar, SA” written on the outside — for
her meeting with Simon. The Attorney General’s office indicated they will call Simon’s former administrative assistant in April to testify that a note on an agenda from that meeting, “COM,” which means “College of Osteopathic Medicine,” was written by Simon herself. “From 2016 to 2018, the defendant maintained that the only thing she knew was that there was a sports med doc that was under review,” Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter said. “She never told anyone that she didn’t just get an email, there was also a phone conversation with Paulette Granberry Russell, because it allowed her to absolve herself and MSU the responsibility of what she knew. “She apparently never thought we’d find the agenda prepared by Paulette Granberry Russell or the one that she completed in her own handwriting.” Simon’s attorney’s opening statement questioned the validity of the folder and the meeting, alleging Russell told investigators five times that an in-person meeting never happened. The defense also said the 2018 interview conducted by Michigan State Police with Simon was politically motivated, as by that time Nassar had already been sentenced. They alleged that because then-Attorney General Bill Schuette was running for governor against Gretchen Whitmer, he wanted to take down a prominent woman, Simon, to discredit all women. Simon was charged Nov. 20, 14 days after the midterm elections. “Everything seemed to be woman-weighted because of all of the things that have happened. So, what happens? How do they switch it? It’s very simple. Bring down a woman and say that she lied,” Mayer Morganroth, one of Simon’s defense lawyers, said.
Thomashow was called by the prosecution as the only witness, despite earlier objections by the defense that her testimony was irrelevant and was intended to garner sympathy. Thomashow entered the courtroom with several other survivors by her side. Thomashow discussed her 2014 contact with Kristine Moore, the leader of her Title IX investigation. She said when they spoke in April of that year, Moore was shocked to hear the details of her assault at the hands of Nassar and was extremely sympathetic. At a meeting in July 2014, Thomashow said Moore used a diagram of a female body to show her that she had not actually been sexually assaulted, and that the Title IX investigation was now closed. Thomashow also alleged that Moore apologized, but said that there was nothing further she could do and told her that her statement would no longer be needed for the ongoing MSU Police investigation into Nassar. “I told her, ‘You’re not sorry, don’t apologize to me,’ and I stormed out of her office and slammed the door,” Thomashow said of the July 2014 meeting with Moore. Lee Silver, one of Simon’s defense attorneys, briefly crossexamined Thomashow, emphasizing that while he was saddened by the abuse she had suffered, it was not relevant to the case of Simon. He asked if Simon was directly present for any of the conversations that Thomashow had with investigators in 2014. Thomashow said Simon was not present. “We admire Ms. Thomashow’s courage, I know it wasn’t easy for her to testify here,” Silver said. “I just feel bad that she had to go through this, because in my opinion it was completely irrelevant to these charges, and was designed to garner sympathy.” The preliminary examination will continue April 8.
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Meet DaMar Boyd, East Lansing’s new tax administrator BY EVAN JONES EJONES@STATENEWS.COM
East Lansing Income Tax Administrator DaMar Boyd, a Grand Rapids transplant, is no stranger to the detail that’s required for implementing city income taxes. Boyd, 31, started working with taxes in Grand Rapids in January 2013, where he was an income tax specialist before becoming an administrative analyst. Grand Rapids first implemented its income tax in 1967. In 2017, during his tenure, Grand Rapids residents were able to fill out tax forms online for the first time. Residents also received help navigating the forms at Grand Rapids City Hall. Boyd appeared in a short video explaining the need for the city’s extended hours of service. Last November, Boyd took the job in East Lansing to oversee its newly created income tax department. His office acts as the liaison for residents and employees in the city seeking information about the tax. Boyd completed his education in Grand Rapids, receiving his bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University. He described the opportunity as an advancement from his previous line of work. “I sought that out as a great opportunity for me career-wise,” he said. “I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of an income tax in Grand Rapids. ... There are very good processes that Grand Rapids has in place that I have been establishing here.” Jennifer Woodard, Grand Rapids’ income tax administrator, said it makes sense that Boyd is bringing his past experience with him, as the group of 24 Michigan cities with an income tax help each other with administrative best practices. “Some of the processes that he has done and the matching he has done with withholding, we were able to share that with other cities,” she said. Woodard spoke to Boyd’s “wealth of knowledge” derived from supervising the employer withholding portion of the income tax, a large portion of the revenue stream. Boyd was also involved in employee training while 4
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in Grand Rapids. “He’s able to bring all of those tools and establish them in East Lansing,” Woodard said. “I think he is a very respectful, likable, calm guy and Grand Rapids is definitely going to miss having him here.” Boyd said the first step to making the tax law a reality is to spread awareness of its existence, especially for companies located outside city boundaries which employ East Lansing residents. “My main focus right now is getting the information out to as many individuals and companies as possible,” he said. City Councilmember Aaron Stephens said there were initial problems getting businesses aligned with the tax during its roll-out this year. “Getting that information out, it’s a difficult thing to do,” he said. Stephens said he hopes to see the same active communication with residents and businesses Boyd has aimed to provide continue through the future. “It’s a full-time job, making sure you manage our relationship with businesses and answer questions that are needed,” he said. Boyd said he is also aiming to tighten up the security of the city’s internal systems, to ensure the office collects information safely and to make individuals aware of the impacts going forward. Boyd and the tax office have already accomplished some helpful developments. He said the “common form” the city uses for filing the taxes is a uniform layout the city and the state use to ensure there aren’t multiple versions of tax forms floating around, causing confusion for all parties. “Each city, they have their own form,” Boyd said, “but the layout of the form is the same.” From the administrator’s perspective, the income tax office processes forms from individuals, employers and corporate partnerships. Boyd’s previous work dealt only with employer withholding. Now, he handles taxes from all three sides. “DaMar has been doing great so far,” Stephens said. “We’re happy to have him on board.” T H U R S DAY, FE B R UA RY 7, 2 01 9
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MSU STUDENT PUBLISHES BOOK BY CHANDRA FLEMING CFLEMING@STATENEWS.COM
Education senior Hannah Safferman recently published her own children’s book titled “It’s OK to be Anxious” on Jan. 31. The book focuses on coping mechanisms for children with anxiety. Safferman said her goal in publishing the book was to help children express their feelings, and know somebody understands them. St udy ing elementar y education, and having completed the childhood development endorsement, Safferman always had a passion for working with children. She used to work at the MSU preschool with 3-year-olds and currently works at an after-school program in Lansing with second and fifth graders. “I have always worked with kids every job that I have had,” Safferman said. “My ultimate goal is to be a kindergarten teacher. I have a really special interest in special needs and disabilities, I might proceed in receiving my master’s in special education.” Though Safferman is now a children’s book author, writing never used to be something she liked to do. “As I got older, I started to like writing more and more,” Safferman said. “At first when I started writing, I figured it was a great way to express emotions, but then I
realized — especially when working with kids who have anxiety — it could help them, too.” “It’s OK to be Anxious” is targeted toward 3- and 4-year-olds, but Safferman said it’s also a good starter book for children of all ages learning how to read. The book focuses on topics such as anxiety, disabilities and feelings that otherwise are difficult to talk about with younger children. Safferman said the book is also geared toward parents and educators who hope to learn how to explain these conditions to children in order to make them feel more comfortable with expressing their concerns. “It is a topic that I think that is very important and a lot of people won’t touch,” she said. “I am doing it to help children. I don’t care that much about being becoming famous or any of that — I just want to help children who are struggling with anxiety through this book. I want to reach out to them and let them know that it is okay.” After sending her manuscript to multiple publishers who turned it down, Safferman didn’t give up. Her journey led her to find Austin Macauley, an independent book publisher, who gave her a contract. “They are the ones who took it from a word document to a product,” Safferman said. “I did draw some illustrations myself
and submitted it to them. They took the ideas and made them professional.” She said another goal in publishing the book was to address childhood anxiety, which is oftentimes overlooked. “They just say, ‘Oh he’s crying because he’s cranky today.’ But it is very easy to label younger kids who may not be able to express their feelings yet as, ‘They’re having a bad day.’ But in reality, they have tons of emotions and have harder times than adults because they don’t know how to express it or use the right words,” Safferman said. A book release party will be held Feb. 16 at Everybody Reads, a book store on 2019 E Michigan Ave. in Lansing. It’s open to the public and all ages are welcome. Safferman will be reading the book and signing copies. “It’s OK to be Anxious” can be purchased on Amazon and other book websites around the United States for $8.95.
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oming all the way from Qiryat Motzkin, Israel, swimmer Guy Moskovich moved to East Lansing to continue his career for the Michigan State men’s swimming and diving team, a school he called a “perfect fit.” “They understood me, I understood them,” Moskovich said. “We saw eye to eye. I just felt the connection right away.” Simply put, that connection was swimming. Moskov ich wouldn’t have come to MSU if it weren’t for his swimming skill set, MSU swimming and div ing coach Matt Gianiodis said. Swimming also made that connection for Moskovich’s roommate, teammate and kinesiology sophomore Josh Pascua. Pascua said he and Moskovich felt like they had something in common through swimming on the team together. “When we first came in, that was like the only thing that we really had in common,” Pascua said. “Even now I can tell he’s really into the sport. He knows a lot.” By now, Moskovich has become more to the team than just a fast swimmer. “He’s really funny once you get to know him,” Pascua said. “A lot of people don’t know that because he’s foreign and (some people) don’t really talk to him that much ... He’s a good guy, no pun intended.” Moskovich began swimming when he was 8 years old on club teams in Israel. Since then, he has found success in the United States. He frequently swims butterfly and freestyle endurance sets, posting records and recording several high-ranked finishes. Over the course of the last season, he recorded three first-place finishes, four second-place finishes and one third-place finish, including a win in the mile at the Northwestern Invitational. At the Big Ten Championships last year, Moskovich swam a personal and team-best time of 15:15.06 in the mile, placing 14th in the event with the fourth fastest time in school history. A fter the 2017-2018 season, Moskovich
returned to Israel for the summer and continued swimming for club teams. While there, he was a part of a relay team that won the Israeli nationals. “I think he’s an asset, obviously, to our program,” Gianiodis said. “I think he’s an asset overall to the university, too.” Due to Israel’s military service requirement, Moskovich started his freshman year of college at an older age than most first-year students.
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“He’s really a mature kid,” Gianiodis said. “He did two years of military service. That’s one of the things when you get a kid from Israel is they come over here older than the rest of the kids would be as freshmen.” Now, at age 22, he is viewed as an older brother by his peers, including Pascua. “He is my older brother in a way,” Pascua said. “He’s really cool, looking out for me. He’s really responsible.”
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Gianiodis said that it’s often a positive to have a swimmer like that on the team. “He’s very easy to coach (and) very easy to deal with,” Gianiodis said. “He’s a hardworking kid. ... It’s been a really enjoyable experience for me.” Moskovich’s devotion to the sport is in the spotlight as he learns to overcome a language barrier. He says he still has difficulty when it comes to deciphering accents. But Gianiodis
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LEFT: Sophomore Guy Moskovich swims freestyle. PHOTO COURTESY OF MSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATION
TOP RIGHT: Moskovich takes his mark on the diving blocks. PHOTO COURTESY OF MSU ATHLETIC COMMUNICATION
BOTTOM LEFT: Moskovich watches teammates practice on Feb. 5, 2019 at the MSU Swimming and Diving facility at IM-Sports West. PHOTO BY SYLVIA JARRUS
BOTTOM RIGHT: Moskovich poses for a portrait on Feb. 5, 2019 at the MSU Swimming and Diving facility at IMSports West. PHOTO BY SYLVIA JARRUS
S AT MSU believes the athlete adjusted well to language and culture in the U.S. “I have a tendency to talk in a lot of slang during practice, and for the international kids it’s difficult for them to pick up on that sometimes,” Gianiodis said. Gianiodis had praise for Moskovich’s ability to adapt to his surroundings in a new country, taking it in stride as the only international student on the team.
“I ’d say h i s bigge st development i s assimilating,” Gianiodis said. “He assimilated very quickly, not just to the language, but to the culture and everything that goes on. Not just American culture, but Michigan State culture and the team culture. His ability to assimilate has really been pretty incredible.” Despite the adjustments Moskovich has had to make, he has been a team leader of sorts, especially when it comes to team motivation.
“He dictates how practice goes,” Gianiodis said. “He’s really good at working hard and getting the people around him to work hard.” Even with the cultural barriers, Moskovich has found support in his teammates. “It’s really helpful to come here and to know that you have ... 60 more friends that you can talk to and be with every time,” Moskovich said. “You feel like you’re family.” His friends on the swim team have fared
poorly so far this season, losing to both of their Big Ten opponents — Iowa and Purdue — at home in McCaffree Pool. Moskovich wants people to know that he is happy at MSU and excited to continue his swimming career. “I’m doing what I love to do, swimming. (I wake) up in the morning and I just can’t wait to swim,” Moskovich said. “After 14 years, I’m pretty passionate about it.”
“I’m doing what I love to do, swimming. ... After 14 years, I’m pretty passionate about it.” Guy Moskovich
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BY CLAIRE MOORE
At a public forum held Oct. 8, 1997, concerns about demolishing the facility were addressed. A compromise reached between community members and the administration allowed for a new greenhouse to be constructed on campus in its place. The idea is more than 20 years in the making. Plans for constructing a greenhouse in the shape of a biodome — a massive hemisphere that would let in more sunlight than a traditional greenhouse — were first discussed as early as 2002, according to mechanical engineering junior Matthew Rightor. “There was a lot of development with the floor plan, figuring out what would work with the dome,” Rightor, secretary of the Student Greenhouse Project, said. Rightor was recruited to the project by Jacob
The Student Greenhouse Project aims to construct a $11 million, 150-foot diameter biodome greenhouse on campus, replacing the one demolished in 2013. In 1997, plans were made by administrators to tear down the Old Botany greenhouse and butterfly house in north campus. Because of its deteriorating state, it was deemed too hazardous to continue regular operations. That news didn’t sit well with community members who paid regular visits to the greenhouse. It housed a stream, a pond, a butterfly habitat and was used by the community for many things — undergraduate student research, weddings, hospital patient walks and more.
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Bruner, the group’s president, and has been with it since 2016. “It was a relatively small project until 2016, when Jacob and I joined,” Rightor said. “We started contacting administrators, really digging into the administrative thing, looking at how we could make the project happen so that it could really impact people of our generation.” Bruner said the project is in a fundraising phase as design details are being fleshed out. The greenhouse would be constructed next to Shaw Hall near the center of campus, according to project plans. Warm tropical temperatures would be maintained year-round to offer the community an escape from Michigan’s fluctuating climate. According to the plans the biodome greenhouse will also feature: A study lounge and conference room, with sweeping paths and green roofs on top; multiple open study areas; a performance area with hillside terraced seating; a 14-foot waterfall, connected to a river and pond; and a 75-foot-tall, column-free open interior which will allow a full tree canopy to grow, develop and support various small wildlife. A Kickstarter for the project will launch Feb. 21. Bruner said $20,000 would fund an initial architectural review. Once this part of the fundraising phase is completed, students could then present the project to the Board of Trustees for further funding and approval. “As part of a deal with the community, the administration said, ‘Sure, we will rebuild the greenhouses, but it has to be student-initiated,’” Bruner said.
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Satish Udpa, who was named acting president of MSU Jan. 17., once expressed interest in getting the project off the ground, he said. “Udpa was one of the first administrators we met when he was still vice president,” Bruner said. “Now he’s president, so we hope that his offer is still open so that when we go back to him, we can get approval by the end of this year.” Bruner is hopeful the project will be fully approved, funded and built by 2021. “The people who are doing this are super committed, and part of the reason we’re doing this is to show that integrating sustainable architecture, this green technology is possible,” Bruner said. Implementation of that green technology includes the biodome greenhouse remaining off the university’s electrical grid. Instead, it would incorporate transparent solar cells to generate electricity. Storm water displaced by the structure will be collected, treated and reused to irrigate the ecosystems inside. In Rightor’s vision, the biodome greenhouse would not only be a milestone in green technology on campus, but a tool for people to use to de-stress through nature. “We have a whole research group looking at different studies that show the impact of nature of peoples’ lives,” Rightor said. “There have been multiple studies that indicate if you’re not around nature, if you’re not outside, then it impacts your directed attention.” Student Greenhouse Project members meet in the MSU Library’s Digital Scholarship Lab Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Board seeks input for new healing fund BY RILEY MURDOCK
In creating a new healing assistance fund for survivors of Larry Nassar, the MSU Board of Trustees is seeking input from Michigan State’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct, or RVSM, Expert Advisory Workgroup. Chairperson of the RVSM workgroup, psychology professor Rebecca Campbell, said the group has had conversations with Trustees Kelly Tebay, Brian Mosallam and Nancy Schlichting so far. While discussions are preliminary, Campbell said the workgroup has been sharing its knowledge of trauma research and weighing in on ideas the board is considering for the fund. “What we’ve been trying to communicate thus far to the trustees is that this is not an easy solution, because the impact of trauma is quite severe and it can take a very long time for treatment,” Campbell said. “That treatment can be highly variable, so it’s hard to know for any one survivor — for any one parent of a survivor — how long that treatment might take.” The expert workgroup was created by former Interim President John Engler last February to “formalize recommendations drawn from the input of survivors, students, faculty and staff from across campus.” In addition to other faculty and administration experts, the workgroup includes Lt. Andrea Munford, the MSUPD detective who built the criminal case against Nassar.
In preliminary discussions, the workgroup expressed to Tebay and Mosallam that family members of survivors are also negatively impacted by survivors’ trauma and have their own mental health needs that merit treatment, Campbell said. “As they’re thinking about rebuilding the fund, research very clearly indicates that parents, significant others, spouses — at a minimum — would very likely have mental health needs,” she said, “If they’re thinking comprehensively about addressing the mental health impact of this trauma, they need to take into account the needs of the family members as well.” Members of the board also want the fund to extend to survivor’s families, Tebay said. “We think it’s equally as important for families and support systems and spouses to get that mental help as well,” Tebay said. Campbell wants to make sure the board understands the severity of the trauma sexual abuse and sexual assault causes. Key issues she said the board needs to pay attention to are the long term treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and suicide. “Because suicidality is a key risk factor here, the fund needs to be stable and it needs to be guaranteed for a very clear period of time or scope of people,” Campbell said. “They need to think very carefully about those parameters to ensure people have stable treatment that will not be interrupted again.” In December, Engler moved forward with the
MSU Trustee Kelly Tebay listens to presentations at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. PHOTO BY MATT ZUBIK
decision to close the initial Healing Assistance Fund, against the workgroup’s recommendation. Before it closed, a memo summarizing the workgroup’s research on trauma and treatment for sexual assault survivors went into detail about how discontinuing the Healing Assistance Fund could negatively affect survivors. Tebay said the board wants to make sure the fund is protected so a president can’t close it at any time, and that a majority vote is required to close it for any reason. Tebay also said she wants to make sure the new fund is opened as fast as possible. The board is working hard to make sure the fund is done the “right way,” she said, which includes discussions with survivors, their families and the advisory workgroup. “It’s important that this time we actually get survivor feedback, which is not something
that was asked for previously,” Tebay said. “A lot of them used the healing fund, so I think it’s important for us to figure out what worked, what didn’t work, their suggestions for things to be changed. I want to make sure that when we do it this time, we are being thoughtful and that we do it the right way.” In addition to discussions with the workgroup, the board has reached out to the survivor community, Chair of the Board of Trustees Dianne Byrum said. An update on the healing fund will be on the agenda for the Feb. 15 board meeting. “There’s been a significant amount of work done over the last couple of weeks, but it’s still a work in progress,” Byrum said. “By the time we get to our Feb. 15 board meeting, it should have more structure. We will be sharing that with the public.”
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MSU hockey awaits another physical weekend with U-M BY PAOLO GIANNANDREA PGIANNANDREA@STATENEWS.COM
Coming off a 1-0-1 weekend with Wisconsin, Michigan State hockey (10-13-5, 6-8-4 in Big Ten) enters the long-anticipated final series against Michigan (10-11-6, 6-7-4 in Big Ten), with whom they are tied in Big Ten standings. MSU will play at Yost Ice Arena at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, and will travel to Little Caesars Arena at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. As the rivals sit tied for fourth place with 24 points each, the back-to-back battles could ultimately determine which of the two schools hosts a Big Ten tournament game. The Spartans remain undefeated through three games against the Wolverines this season. They won the first matchup, tied and recorded a shootout win in Ann Arbor in the second, and tied again at the Great Lakes invitational. “If we have to channel back and find some emotion for these games this weekend, then we’re in trouble. I don’t think that’ll be an issue with our locker room,” MSU coach Danton Cole said Feb. 4. “Really, every weekend has been like this for a while. We keep saying (this with) every weekend we have with the Big Ten right now, the playoffs started about four or five weeks ago. That’s the emotion that the guys have.” The emotion Cole mentioned was prevalent in the last matchup against the Wolverines as a brawl broke out after U-M goaltender Hayden Lavigne facewashed sophomore forward Tommy Apap, who anticipates a similar level of emotion this weekend. Since then, the Spartans have remained physical in their weekly match-ups. “There’s a lot of heat, there’s a lot of passion in these games,” Apap said. “I’m not really supposed to care about these games more than others, but it’s hard not to when you’re playing Michigan. It’s just that rivalry, it’s just a little extra heated. “I think we were just going to the net, trying to
get a rebound and the goalie covered it and they didn’t like that we were that close to the goalie. All I know is I got tackled, Brody (Stevens) comes in, (Brennan Sanford) comes in and it was just a bit of a scrum there. I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more of that this weekend.” Aside from gaining ground in the conference standings, this series versus U-M holds implications like no other matchup. The rivalry’s importance is something senior forward Brennan Sanford, an East Lansing native, has realized since his freshman season. “Beating Michigan is right up there with winning a championship or winning the (Great Lakes Invitational),” Sanford said. “If you don’t do those things, you have to at least beat Michigan during the year. So it’s just that much bigger of a game for us going into the series … We’re tied for fourth in the Big Ten. Only six games left, so I bet both teams are going to play (desperately).” After engaging in his fair share of physicality in the shootout loss to Wisconsin, redshirt junior defenseman and enforcer Jerad Rosburg reflected on the physicality of the matchup, pointing to the nature of the rivalry as a whole. “I think it goes back from before I was even born,” Rosburg said. “I’m sure it’s always been a rivalry and I’m sure 50 years from now it’ll be the same way. I think in all sports when there’s rivalries, the physicality level steps up. I’m definitely looking forward to that and getting to play them again. It’ll be a good opportunity for a team and we’re looking forward to it.”
“There’s a lot of heat, there’s a lot of passion in these games.” Tommy Apap
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Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo is right when he says this team isn’t as good as last season’s. It was. But after the ninth-ranked Spartans lost again in upset fashion to Illinois (8-15, 4-8 in Big Ten) on the road Feb. 5 — marking the team’s third loss in a row — it’s become abundantly clear MSU (18-5, 9-3) is in the midst of a tailspin. It’s caused by running potential Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston into the ground and a lack of productive minutes from the likes of big men Nick Ward, Kenny Goins and Xavier Tillman. Winston scored a team-high 21 points and held a game-high nine
assists, but accounted for nine of MSU’s 24 turnovers, a season-high for the team and career-worst for the point guard. Winston and Goins played 37 minutes, but the loss marks the eighth time in nine games that Winston has played 5-plus minutes. Izzo told reporters after the game the turnovers were “unexplainable,” explaining his team couldn’t seem to maneuver its simplest plays. “You can’t turn the ball over on junior high plays,” he said to reporters. “And we did that.” Winston, a Wooden Award finalist, and the Spartans were unable to read the Illini’s pressure defense from the very beginning. Illinois’ defensive effort really came at no surprise, given the fits its given MSU each of the last two seasons. (A road loss in 2016-17 and 15 turnovers in an eventual 87-74 win last season.) Winston, who’s been battling tendinitis in both knees since late January, committed his first turnover 36 seconds into the game and from then, turnovers seemed like an infectious disease the Spartans had no chance of fighting off. Illinois made the most of MSU’s sloppy ball handling, turning it into an
additional 28 points. “They did a good job speeding us up, forcing us into tough situations,” Winston told the media after the loss. “We just didn’t do our job of just staying poised, staying calm and running our offense.” And of course there are many ways fans can justify the loss. Perhaps the easiest take is that without Joshua Langford, who will have seasonending surgery to repair a stress reaction in his left ankle on Feb. 7, the team is lost. In a sense, yes. It’s a compelling argument given that with Langford, MSU went 11-2 and averaged 87.6 points a game and without have gone 7-3, averaging just 74.8 per since. With that logic, its reasonable to think because of Langford’s injury, it forces Winston into more responsibility as the team’s primary scorer. For the most part, yes. But MSU was able to go into Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa — all tough games to play on the road — and grind out wins. It became so apparent that was Izzo’s game plan: Because of MSU’s athletes, they could out-endure and wear the opposition
down with a constant flow of fastbreak play and bludgeon the other team once it reached exhaustion. It worked until Purdue handicapped MSU’s offense by outrebounding them at Mackey Arena in late January, taking away Winston’s effective transition game. Indiana followed suit, keeping MSU’s bigs out of the game again. Against Illinois, Ward, Tillman — who scored a career-best 16 while starting over Ward — and Goins combined for 15 boards and 36 points. In the selected sequences Winston either played off the ball or was on the bench Tuesday, the offense looked lost. To make matters worse, Matt McQuaid is forced to facilitate Langford’s role on some possessions while delegating as the backup point guard when Winston is out because freshman Foster Loyer isn’t ready to play against Big Ten talent. This team, Winston included, looks gassed and inside its own head. It’s not getting the same scoring contribution from Ward as earlier in the season and Winston isn’t able to be a one-man wrecking crew. Whether it’s Ward, Tillman,
McQuaid or someone else needs to step up. This team, when working at its highest function, was one of the most efficient offenses in Division I. To get back to that, MSU may have to drop some games now, or else risk another early exit in March. The problem with that is Izzo longs for another regular season conference title, which is still attainable. MSU is only one game back of first-place Michigan. But those in East Lansing want more than a regular season banner to hang, rather a deep run in March, which Spartan fans haven’t seen in a while. It’s clear that MSU is in a vicious circle: To rejuvenate Winston he needs rest, but Winston can’t rest because without him the offense roams among the walking dead. But to waste another season of MSU’s core nucleus would be a travesty. Everyone agreed just a few weeks ago the Spartans were a potential Final Four pick. They can return to that. Every great team faces adversity. The offense needs a clear reset, something to get out of its own head. It needs a healthy Cassius Winston.
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