Michigan State again hit by vandalism ahead of football game

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The campus of Michigan State University again has been hit by vandalism ahead of the Spartans football game against Michigan. MLive.com reports water balloons filled with blue paint were thrown near the “Sparty” statue early Friday. University police say the statue wasn’t hit. The vandalism came after a statue of Earvin “Magic” Johnson was vandalized with yellow paint earlier in the week. The statue of the former basketball star had an “M” and the words “BEAT STATE” painted on it. Michigan’s colors are maize and blue. Supporters of Michigan and Michigan State have been on guard duty to prevent possible vandalism ahead of Saturday’s game. At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, students are guarding the block “M” on the Diag. No. 12 Michigan hosts No. 7 Michigan State with kick off Saturday at 3:30 p.m.