It’s been a whirlwind of a few days for Michigan State football fans. Heck, it’s been a wild few months for the Spartans.
Back in September, news broke the night following a blowout win over Richmond that Mel Tucker had been having an inappropriate relationship with a university vendor. It was later to be revealed as Brenda Tracy and she claimed it wasn’t consensual.
From there, the school was forced to move on from Tucker and Alan Haller terminated his contract.
Since then, it’s been nothing but disappointing results on the field along with transfers and decommitments. It’s all to be expected given the situation, but following the hiring of Jonathan Smith over the weekend, the Spartans faced what could actually be considered a ‘mass exodus’ to the transfer portal — unlike the “mass exodus” reported by the media back in May when a couple of starters left.
The panic button has already been hammered by some fans, but there’s really no need to do so.
Michigan State football will be active in the portal
There’s a new-school saying: “The portal giveth, the portal taketh away.”
Basically, that means that while you can lose players in the portal, you can also gain them. And vice versa. So for all the fans worried about losing over a dozen players to the portal in the past few days, just remember that it doesn’t open for most schools until Dec. 4. And you can expect Smith to be very active as he builds his roster.
There’s a good chance he brings some of his Oregon State players with him and there’s also a good chance he lands a couple of solid quarterbacks.
The offensive side of the ball will be addressed in the portal. And I’m sure that when a defensive coordinator is hired, that side will be just fine, too.
So let’s not panic about the portal entries. They’re not all officially gone as Smith will have conversations with each of them, but there’s also the positive side of the portal.
Let Smith build this roster. The portal works both ways.