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Locked On Wolverines podcast is the daily podcast that keeps you ahead of the games and the first to know the latest news, analysis, and insider info for the Michigan Wolverines. Hosted by Isaiah Hole of WolverineWire at USA Today, the Locked On Wolverines podcast provides your daily Michigan Wolverines fix with expert opinions, film reviews, interviews with athletes and coaches, recaps, local analysis, and coverage of all things Michigan athletics. From the hallowed grounds of the “Big Hous ...
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Locked On Spartans podcast is the daily podcast that keeps you ahead of the games and the first to know the latest news, analysis, and insider info for the Michigan State Spartans. Hosted by Matt Sheehan, the Locked On Spartans podcast provides your daily Michigan State Spartans fix with expert opinions, film reviews, interviews with athletes and coaches, recaps, local analysis, and coverage of all things Sparty. From the legendary gridiron battles at Spartan Stadium to the dazzling skills o ...
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Rival fans love to continue their fantasies, softness, delusions, and everything in-between. As Michigan football fans continue to celebrate the national championship, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and MSU fans all find ways to beclown themselves in an effort to assert dominance that really isn't there at the moment. We get into some specific examples, g…
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What are we looking for in year one of the Jonathan Smith Era of Michigan State football to show that it will get better around here? From coaching to each side of the ball, we highlight what we will be taking away from this season. Plus, we look at the Bryson Williams commitment that's right around the corner and debate if MSU's ceiling is truly 1…
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Michigan State football saw a lot of transfers that we are excited about enter the program this off-season...but what about some love for the guys that were already here? Football whiz Al Karsten joins the show to talk about the best players returning from last year's Spartan team from Malik Spencer to Brennan Parachek. Plus, we talk about where th…
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July hadn't started out very well for Michigan football recruiting, with several targets leaning toward the Wolverines (Hardy Watts, Maxwell Roy, JaDon Blair, Kamar Archie, Shamari Earls) all choosing to go to other schools, including some of the rivals. But the Wolverines got a big shot in the arm on Monday with two pledges committing within an ho…
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After a stretch of targets and official visitors going elsewhere, is there reason to be concerned about this class that ranks outside the top 50 nationally, or is this all simply part of the process? We chat with Ryan O'Bleness off the heels of Grant Beerman, Darius Afalava and Houston Torres choosing schools that aren't Michigan State football. Pl…
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Michigan State football is going to need some under-the-radar names to shine for them this fall, so who should we be keeping an eye on ahead of the season? From pass catchers like tight end Brennan Parachek and wide receiver Aziah Johnson to Khalil Majeed on the defensive side of the ball, we highlight some Spartans to know before kickoff. We are t…
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Former MSU basketball player and forever fan favorite Steven Izzo joins the show for a wide-ranging chat. From how MSU basketball has done this off-season, to the emergence of Jeremy Fears to Tom Izzo's retirement, it's a packed first segment. We then talk about his experience sharing his adoption story, playing for the program he grew up watching …
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One of our favorite regular guests is back to discuss Michigan football and that's PFF's Max Chadwick. Though Chadwick had Michigan football as his national champion last year, the Wolverines aren't his favorite this year. He shares more about where the maize and blue can have success as well as what to expect from the five bigger opponents that Mi…
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Michigan State and Jonathan Smith are sitting on 14 commits for the 2025 class but, with all of them being 3-stars, is there any concern with how things are going? We talk with the iconic MSU Chief of Propaganda to discuss why there's not concern now, and why things are going the way they are. Plus, we get to mailbag questions on what's the goal fo…
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Michigan State football and Jonathan Smith saw a boom in their 2025 class over the last two days with four commits adding their names. From Aydan West, Derrick Simmons and Cal Thrash on the defensive side of the ball to Justin Bell on the offensive side, where does each kid stack and what will they bring to East Lansing? Plus, we take a look at Jim…
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We caught back up with our main source and also another source to discuss the Michigan football NCAA investigation. How the stories match up, a little more on what we know, the difference between the charges and the potential punishment, another potential pitfall when it comes to the punishment, and more. Then, we get into CBS Sports releasing its …
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Continuing from the Kaden Strayhorn committing to Michigan saga, we are going to attempt to relay the facts of how Jonathan Smith operates not just at Michigan State, but also in his past. Why didn't they land him, and what numbers from Smith's past can be shown to teach Spartan fans a lesson of how deliberate he is with who visits and who doesn't.…
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Sherrone Moore was the keynote speaker at the UM Club of Flint golf outing on Monday and during his Q&A, we came away much more impressed than we were before -- despite having gotten to know him since 2018. We share why he's got Michigan football in the right place at the right time. Then we move to some of the things he said about individual playe…
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MSU football had five visitors on campus over the weekend and scored one commit (so far) from 3-star cornerback George Mullins. Why do we love his tape, and who else was on campus this weekend? We also riff on the latest rivalry recruiting news as Kaden Strayhorn commits to Michigan and whether or not Jonathan Smith was "scared" to recruit him or j…
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Sherrone Moore put out the proverbial bat signal by posting the eyeball emoji on X (formerly Twitter) three times on Saturday. That means Michigan football is officially on triple-commit watch. But that's just what the deal is on Saturday -- we expect much more. We share some intel about the class in general from some conversations we've had behind…
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Michigan State football will kickoff its 2024 as a team that's in the middle of the pack in the Big Ten, but what teams are they ahead of and who are they behind? We talk with Sean Merriman of FOX Sports and go through where our Spartans and the other 17 teams stand ahead of the inaugural new Big Ten season. Plus, we head to the hardwood to talk ab…
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After speaking to one of our good sources throughout the Connor Stalions saga, we've gotten word that the NCAA appears to be wrapping up its investigation. What does that mean for Michigan football? Will the hammer come down on the Wolverines as the rival fans like to say every single second of every single day? Or will the maize and blue find that…
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Michigan State football recruiting added another pair of names to the 2025 class as wide receiver Charles Taplin and tight end Jayden Savoury committed to the Spartans. What will each kid bring to the class, and how does MSU recruiting stack up nationally for the 2025 class? Plus, recruiting news and notes on newly offered offensive tackle Justin B…
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Back in 2018, when we first started the show, a colleague told us that our show reminded him of Danny Kanell. Well, it's been a long time coming, but we now have Kanell on the show as a special guest! Kanell describes what it was like witnessing Michigan football's 2023 championship and we discuss his alma mater, Florida State, being snubbed -- as …
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What has to happen for Michigan State football and Jonathan Smith for year one to be deemed a success? And is offensive line coach Jim Michalczik the best hire Smith made this off-season? We talk with Chris Vannini of The Athletic to pick his brain about the year ahead for MSU football. Plus, we talk about which game MSU and their opponent can’t lo…
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Last month, we came up with a best-guess list of Michigan football's 2025 recruiting class but now we're evaluating what we predicting, adding and subtracting names from the list. With several new names emerging, weekend visits still happening, and some potential targets ready to commit, seemingly, we dive into those who may be champions on the new…
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Michigan State football recruiting is set to host six recruits this weekend, from class commit Emmett Bork to 4-stars Bobby Kanka and Grant Beerman. Where does each visitor stack up in the recruiting rankings, and who is the top competition for the Spartans. We are then joined by Locked On recruiting expert Brian Smith to pick his brain about Jonat…
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There hasn't been any big news, but we cover a ton of little things that have been going on in the Michigan football universe since Saturday's show. First, we discuss Michigan defensive coordinator Wink Martindale's appearance on the GM Shuffle podcast and what he said about how he'll run his defense, how he'll deploy his aggression, and why we thi…
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Jonathan Smith, Brian Lindgren and the coaching staff have had a busy off-season retooling the roster, but did it leave the offense in a better situation across the board? We take a position-by-position look from Aidan Chiles and the quarterbacks to Ashton Lepo and the lineman with Brendan Moore of Spartan Illustrated. But first, what numbers favor…
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Michigan State football recruiting got a lift this weekend with speedy wide receiver Braylon Collier and interior offensive lineman Drew Nichols adding their names to the 2025 class. What will each player offer to Jonathan Smith and the Spartans? Plus, who did MSU just shockingly jump in the recruiting rankings? Plus, we get into where MSU projects…
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We are still very much in the throes of the offseason and thus, with about a season's worth of weekends away from college football, we're speculating on what Michigan football will be in 2024. The Michigan Mailbag has returned and wants to know what a successful season would look like after the coaching change. Personnel questions, schedule questio…
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Michigan State basketball makes its final assistant spot official with the hiring of former Michigan assistant coach Saddi Washington. Why do we love this hire by Tom Izzo, and what are the other moves made inside the program? We also take a look at the weekend ahead of recruiting for Jonathan Smith and MSU recruiting, from Braylon Collier potentia…
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Football whiz Al Karsten joins the show to offer his knowledge on all things Michigan State football. From last year's run game to this upcoming fall, what will the biggest differences be and how will running backs Nate Carter and Kay'Ron Lynch-Adams benefit from them? We also take a gander at Joe Rossi's defensive scheme, how its designed to make …
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While it doesn't change our dubious and questionable nature regarding the Michigan football wide receivers and quarterbacks entering 2024, given some of the conversations we've had and with Ron Bellamy's appearance on 'In the Trenches,' it could be easy to see a scenario where both position groups impress beyond expectation in 2024. So what happens…
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Michigan State football has no shortage of must-see games coming up, but if we could only watch three...which ones are we choosing? From the measuring stick of Jonathan Smith's program to what other teams in the conference will look like, Kevin Grech of @spartan_pod and Matt discuss their three most intriguing games. Then, a game of "True or False"…
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Michigan State football is nearly done completing its roster for the upcoming season, so we take a look at the top additions to the team this off-season. From D’Quan Douse to Aidan Chiles and everyone in between, who will make the biggest impact for MSU this season? We also get to mailbag questions on Aidan Chiles comparisons and whether or not we …
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Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal and The Couch And The Rube Podcast joins the show to talk about his recent chat with MSU athletic director Alan Haller. From keeping non-revenue sports alive to people calling for Haller's firing and from Central Michigan being silent to Spartan Stadium naming rights, we hit on every topic that Graham got i…
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It's been a long time coming, but we continue our love affair with all things On3 by welcoming on a special guest in The Wolverine's EJ Holland to break down some Michigan football recruiting. Holland shares a bit of how he got to be such a solid evaluator and how he approaches the job before previewing the upcoming official visit weekends set for …
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There is no shortage of hype around Aidan Chiles this off-season, but can he realistically break any MSU passing records while at MSU? We found two single-season records that could be in danger the next few years should he hit his potential. And between Cal Haladay, Jordan Hall, Dillon Tatum, Malik Spencer and more, who will be the heartbeat and le…
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We're getting to that time of year where the college football preview magazines for the upcoming season are coming out and because of that Athlon Sports got some coaches on record on what they expect from Michigan football this year. How their behind-the-scenes analysis either mirrors or rivals what we believe the new-look, Sherrone Moore-led Wolve…
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Michigan State football and basketball are both heading into massive seasons for different reasons, but one line item remains the same – their floor and ceiling is a wide gap. What has us thinking MSU football can get up to nine wins, and just how good can Tom Izzo and the basketball team be this upcoming season? And also…where is the basement for …
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There's been plenty of roster turnover and exciting additions for Michigan State football this off-season on the defensive side of the ball. Which position groups got better and which got worse from last year? We talk with Maxwell Klitzke to talk about who improved from the cornerbacks under the new haul of Lejond Cavazos and Ed Woods to the depart…
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A new book is coming out on Michigan football and there's an excerpt of a chapter about Jim Harbaugh leaving Michigan, spanning from the time the NCAA started investigating and the interim between the national championship game and when he accepted the Chargers job. Some media outlets are proclaiming that, due to what it says in the excerpt, Warde …
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MSU football head coach Jonathan Smith isn't one to draw headlines and we're only a few months into his tenure, but what have we learned about him and the Spartans so far? From how he structures a roster from behind the scenes to his assistants that are hitting the ground running, we talk about what's been moving the needle in East Lansing. Support…
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As we know by now, Michigan State football has been busy in the portal cycle – especially this spring. We try to sort out the top end talent with Al Karsten as we rank our top three pickups this spring by Jonathan Smith. We then talk about what Al has been loving when he’s watching Brian Lindgren’s offense and what could translate over immediately …
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ESPN has released both the post-spring power rankings as well as Bill Connelly's advanced analytics, SP+, within the past two days and Michigan football doesn't look like it's falling off a ton. Ranked No. 10 in one and No. 6 in the other, there are reasons for optimism in Ann Arbor. We break down what it will take for the Wolverines to excel. Then…
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The long-awaited Michigan Mailbag is back and tackling all your Michigan Wolverines questions! From the transfer portal and the state of NIL, to the recruiting department and the state of Michigan football recruiting, to the staff in general, game hypotheticals, meta questions about the podcast itself, you had a ton of questions for us and we did o…
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Michigan State football saw itself shoot up the transfer portal team rankings after adding Semaj Bridgeman, Nikai Martinez and Jeremiah Hughes before the weekend. Where have the Spartan improved the most and what needs did it feel? Plus, in the wake of the Jaden Mangham transfer, was this an example of good general managing work by Jonathan Smith? …
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Well, well, well. That was quite the off-season Friday. MSU football lands a commit from Semaj Bridgeman, who was a former Michigan Wolverine. But first, Michigan lands Jaden Mangham...who was a former Spartan. Chaos amongst the fan bases ensues, but why are these two tales different from one another? And MSU was busy earlier too, landing Nikai Mar…
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Both of Michigan football's rival fanbases decided to have little meltdowns on Friday due to difference circumstances involving the Wolverines. First, it was Michigan State. Though the Spartans ended up getting a former Wolverine via the transfer portal on Friday, hours earlier they were in meltdown mode due to starting safety Jaden Mangham transfe…
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Michigan State got another stout defensive tackle transfer in Ben Roberts AKA BIG WORM out of Oregon. What does the latest transfer under Jonathan Smith mean, and how does it fix a hole from the last staff? Also, what to watch for this weekend including Jeremiah Hughes and Kobee Minor possibly being on commit watch after their recent visits. We are…
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Michigan State football recruiting added another in-state kid to its 2025 class as Jace Clarizio commits to Jonathan Smith and the Spartans. He joins Charles White and Di'Mari Malone as players top-ranked at their positions in the state of Michigan. Also, MSU is not done yet trying to add talent to the cornerback position as Jeremiah Hughes and Kob…
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