These are good times for the Michigan State athletic department.
Last week, Mark Hollis was named 2012 athletic director of the year at the Sports Business Awards. The football program is enjoying historic consistency, having reached a school-record five consecutive bowl games and racked up a record 11 wins in each of the past two seasons. Although the basketball team had a disappointing finish in March, Tom Izzo's program is primed for a big season in 2012-13.
Michigan State reached another milestone Monday when its baseball team earned an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. The Spartans made the tournament for the first time since 1979.
They also earned the distinction of being the only Division I program to reach the postseason in the four major men's sports: football, basketball, hockey and baseball.
Michigan State's football team won the Legends division and advanced to the inaugural Big Ten championship game in December. It beat Georgia in the Outback Bowl for its first bowl win under coach Mark Dantonio. The MSU men's basketball team reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, while the hockey team fell in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
It's no surprise that a Big Ten school would complete a postseason sweep in the four major sports. Michigan nearly did it this year (the Wolverines fell short in baseball).