Michigan State unveils retro helmet for Indiana game
Michigan State is going old school on Saturday, with a helmet that dates back to some of the best moments in program history.
This weekend as they host No. 10 Indiana, the Spartans will wear a white stripe on their helmet, a nod to former head coach George Perles. With the program as head coach for 12 seasons beginning in 1983, Perles passed away earlier this season.
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During his time with Michigan State, Perles led the Spartans to six bowl games, including the 1987 team that went 9-2-1, won the Big Ten and then won the Rose Bowl.
In recent years, Michigan State has used their Spartan logo as part of the image on their helmet. But on Saturday they will revert back to the solid-white ‘S’ that was a staple of the helmet for so many years. On the front of the helmet will be the player’s number.
So far in 2020 in their first season under head coach Mel Tucker, the Spartans have had some ups and downs. A win at then ranked Michigan in their second game of the season was a highwater mark to date for Tucker’s rebuilding program.
But they lost at home to Rutgers in the season opener and then badly got run off the field last week in a 49-7 loss to Iowa. The Spartans are currently 1-2 and have beaten Indiana their last four meetings.
The Hoosiers are ranked top 10 in the nation for the first since 1969.