Michigan State University Athletics
With their beautiful campus in East Lansing, Michigan, the Michigan State Spartans boast their green and white colors proudly. Part of the Big-10 conference, the Spartans put their best foot forward with 25 athletic programs at the school with some of the best competition in the country.
The top sport at Michigan State is their men’s basketball team. Led by legendary head coach Tom Izzo, the Spartans basketball team is always a frontrunner in Big 10 play as well as a perennial favorite in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament come March of every year. During the season, the Breslin Student Events Center will be electric with over 14,000 crazed basketball fans cheering on the Spartans to victory. The Spartans have won two National Championships as a program in 1979 and 2000 have made seven Final Four appearances since 1999.
Cheered on by their mascot Sparty, the men’s football team is also a powerhouse in Big 10 and national competition. On any Saturday in the fall, Spartan Stadium is rocking with 75,000 crazed football fans cheering on the green and white to victory over their Big 10 rivals. Once coached by renowned Nick Saban and now led by Mark Dantonio, the Spartans football squad has captured recent Big 10 championships in 2010, 2013 and 2015. Since 2009, the Spartans football team has appeared in eight college bowl games.
The official fight song of the university is “Victory for MSU” and can be heard being played from the field or the bleachers by the famous Michigan State University Marching Band. The band features over 300 members and is one of the oldest standing college marching bands in the country. At Spartan Stadium in the fall, when the iconic opening guitar riff to AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” comes over the airwaves and Sparty runs out of the tunnel, you know that Spartan football is about to begin.
Notable professional athletes that have come from Michigan State University programs are Magic Johnson, Plaxico Burress, Draymond Green, Zach Randolph, Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Morten Andersen and Kirk Cousins to name a few.