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Fall Camp has kicked off for the Spartans.  The Work Shirt is here and Michigan State is preparing to #HEAVE in 2018.

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The 2018 Michigan State Spartans have moved into their temporary dorm rooms, this year’s Work Shirt has been distributed, the Winners Manual has been handed out, and the first team practice is in the books.

Over the next five+ months, this entire group of Spartans – players, coaches, strength and conditioning leaders, administrators, trainers, cheerleaders, the Spartan Marching Band, Zeke The Wonder Dog, and all of the Spartans that are already planning their tailgating strategies – will be focused, committed, and determined every day as the 2018 Spartans work towards the program’s goals.

The goals?

Work every day to get better than the day before.

Understand individual roles and responsibilities so that the overall team roles and responsibilities are met.

Embrace the challenges and see them as opportunities.

Prepare every day so that when game time comes, “playing fast” comes naturally.

Beat UMAA.

Win the Big Ten East.

Win the Big Ten.

Earn the program it’s second trip to the College Football Playoff.

Win the National Championship.

That list of goals – obviously, SpartansWire is not privy to Mark Dantonio’s internal handbooks that provide every player with the specific goals so we aren’t in a position to suggest that these are the “official” goals.

But they look pretty good in print, don’t they?

And they might not be that far off from whatever the official goals really are.

Five things that we’re committing to and conveying as our own, “official” goals for the 2018 Michigan State Spartans –

Beat UMAA.

Win the Big Ten East.

Win the Big Ten.

Earn the program it’s second trip to the College Football Playoff.

Win the National Championship.

That’s what this team can – and should – be setting its sights on.

We’ve spent the last handful of months itemizing the many strengths and areas for improvement across this football team.

There are as many strengths on this football team than any other in the Mark Dantonio Era – and, at the risk of being hyperbolic, there are as many strengths on this football team than any other in the last 40+ years.

The official SpartansWire goals for the squad represent where this program is in 2018.

Gone are the frustrations and negative elements that made 2016 such a difficult time for the program both on and off the field.

So much work has been done to reclaim the integrity and focus that seemed to slip away during that very trying period.

And Michigan State, as a university, still has a long, long way to go in its ongoing efforts to recover from the terrible realities of the Larry Nassar crimes.

But so much work has already been done and the leadership is demonstrating its commitment to making sure the future is bright and that Spartans can be proud of their university.

And on this day, particularly when we look at the photo that the folks at @MSU_Football sent out this morning, we see a beautiful sunrise and an empty practice field right in the heart of the Spartan football complex, located right in the heart of Michigan State’s glorious campus.

The sunrise in the photo below represents so much.

And the 2018 Work Shirt – it’s more than a shirt.

It represents the blue collar approach that has made this program – and the university, as a whole – one that understands that success comes from hard work and commitment and that nothing is given, everything must be earned.

The Winners Manual has been handed out – and it’s more than a book of stuff.

It represents the way this program is committed to living up to a standard.

And, unlike other programs, this program understands it’s not perfect and that an ongoing process of education and communication is what’s required to make sure that the standard evolves, grows, and continues to be the foundation of the program.

One year ago, there was an uncomfortable amount of concern as the team kicked off the 2017 Fall Camp.

The entire coaching staff, the entire roster of players, and the entire administrative team, and even the Spartans fans have all rebuilt what had frayed in 2016.

And the sun is coming up in East Lansing.

Those five goals that are SpartansWire’s “official” goals for the 2018 season?

They’re realistic and attainable.

Time to rise and grind, Spartans.

 

 

 

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