As summer goes along, anticipation builds in the Spartan Nation for fall sports. Photo courtesy of Mark Boomgaard.

 

Way to go again Hondo.  You called that Comley would be gone last year saying it was his last season at MSU, “Whether he wants it to be or not.”  You also said that the golf coach Sam Puryear was in the same boat.  Done after the year.  So, do you know who the next golf coach will be?  Patrick

Thanks for the kind words, but don’t’ give me credit I don’t deserve.  It was no secret that both of them were done for those close to MSU athletics.  As far as the new coach, it will be a STUNNER if Casey Lubahn isn’t hired.  He is the head coach at Miami of Ohio and I believe would jump at the chance to return to his alma mater.  People at Miami of Ohio love him, but have known he would jump at the MSU job if offered.  Casey is the best choice for the job.

 

Hondo in the past you have had MSU hockey coverage, but not a lot of it.  I get that it isn’t as popular as football or men’s basketball, but with the new hire it appears that coverage has gone way up.  Can we expect more in the fall when basketball and football are in season?  You have my hopes up.  Mitch

Mitch we are looking at new hockey writers as we speak.  You will see a significant upgrade in MSU hockey coverage from Spartan Nation now that there has been a change.  You are correct to note that we have had a lot more since the change and we expect to even have more once the season starts.

 

Hondo, Several months ago you talked about issues AD Hollis faces in budgeting for scholarships.  Now you’ve revealed that some varsity sports may likely be eliminated in coming years with tighter University budgets.  Does that tell us that Mark stands no chance in influencing changes in scholarships at MSU to be on equal footing with other schools?  Thanks, Tim

Tim that series of articles that I did, and the one the appeared in the Magazine certainly ruffled some real feathers in the administration.  Mark can’t change how the school charges him for scholarships.  The present administration unlike the John Hannah days sees athletics as a pile of cash in my opinion.  Hannah saw athletics as a driver of the Universities notoriety.  The job that Mark Hollis has done considering what he has to work with, (the University on his back and not with him) is amazing.  If the administration chose to actually give Hollis the same tools his other AD’s have, he could do a lot more.  Sadly Mark doesn’t have the authority to fix it.  That would have to come from the administration or the Board of Trustees taking the leadership role, essentially telling the administration what to do.  I heard from members of the B.O.T. that agreed with me.

 

Hondo you have been a Hollis guy for a long time.  How do you think he would be as President when Simon is done?  Grant

Grant that is a great question.  Hollis would be great.  I can tell you that the momentum inside the University is for Provost Kim Wilcox.  He would be a superb President and there is a building support for him.  In fairness, the building support for Wilcox is not being done on his own or with his help.  He has just done such a superb job and has so much respect that he is a natural choice for the job.  I hope there is no delay.  The day that Simon is done I hope the B.O.T. doesn’t do a fraudulent job search and they just hire him immediately.  Wilcox isn’t a smart man, he is a genius and MSU would do incredibly well under his leadership.

 

 

OK everyone, there you go, our weekly general MSU athletics Q and A article.  We will continue them every Tuesday morning so if you have a question (not about basketball or football) here is a simple way to get it here.  Send your questions to SpartanNationMail@yahoo.com and put in the subject line general.  If it doesn’t get answered in the article you will get a personal response.  Thank you!