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Spartans women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant makes her annual visit to MSU Today and begins the discussion talking about the changing dynamics of today’s players and how that has changed coaching over the years.

“In the last five years alone, coaching has transcended to a place where we’re all trying to figure out the best way to coach and how to communicate, connect and motivate,” Merchant tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis.

Then President Simon and AD Hollis discuss a new long-term multimedia rights partnership between Spartan Athletics and FOX Sports with Paul Schager, executive associate athletics director for external operations for MSU and Kris Kassel, FOX Sports College Properties vice president and general manager.

“How do we weave the Spartan brand into the fan experience and really enhance their opportunity to engage with Michigan State?”

Then Russ White talks with Spartans basketball legend Steve Smith.

n 1997, Smith donated $2.5 million the construction of The Clara Bell Smith Student Athlete Academic Center. This donation, in memory of his mother, is the largest gift to ever be given by a professional athlete to any college or university. This donation helped fund the construction of a comprehensive study center for student-athletes, among the best of its kind in the country.

Scott Westerman shares his thoughts on simplifying your Spartan Life and Finding Your No.

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