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Spartans women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant says social media “is the biggest thing we deal with now” in a conversation with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.

And she says she sees the pressure some of today’s student-athletes struggle with.

“They haven’t been challenged and faced a lot of adversity; everything has been organized, planned and prepared for them. When they get to this level, there is pressure to perform.”

Today’s young people need to “learn to stumble” agrees the panel. And they seem to be indicating they “want some space.”

Merchant says she makes sure that her team and staff truly gets away from the game on off days. And she tries to get the team together away from Breslin Center.

“You can’t mistake activity for achievement,” adds Merchant.

Merchant says she tries to be a “loving critic” to her players. “They have to know you love them.”

The trio discusses the new rules coming next season to women’s college basketball. And Suzy explains what a colleague meant when she said the best rule change would be to “take out UConn and bring more parity to the Final Four.”

Merchant says “Tori and Aerial are two of the best players to have put on a uniform here” and that she’s excited about the nucleus of next season’s team.

“We have some height and athleticism and quickness and speed. We’ve been rolling up our sleeves and working and grinding.”

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