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Spartans Reunite

Michigan State Football Head Coach Mel Tucker and the Spartan football program hosted the inaugural “Spartan Dawg Con” on July 30, bringing together nearly 130 former players from all eras on MSU’s campus. 

Players from as far back as the 1950s like Robert Popp (1954-58) and Albert Grimson (1955-56), to as recent as 2019 and 2020, were in attendance. 

Darien Harris (B.A. ’15, Communications Arts and Sciences; M.S. ’19, Business), himself a former Spartan player from 2012-15 and the current MSU football director of player engagement, coordinated and organized the event.

“Former players are the backbone of this program, and they deserve to be a part of what we’re doing today and in the future,” Harris said. “Having relationships with our former players and connecting with them is a priority for our program,” said Tucker. 

“Darien has done a phenomenal job engaging our former players and bringing them together. There were a lot of guys who hadn’t seen each other in a long time. It was definitely a great event, and it’s just the beginning.”

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