Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, who has given Spartans fans an outdoor hockey game and basketball games at Ford Field and on a Carrier Classic, has hopes to take the Spartans to Greece to do battle with the USC Trojans in basketball. Hollis is apparently very serious about this happening and some headway has been made, according to the Detroit Free Press:
"We've made some headway with Greece, with the venue, but we're kind of in a holding pattern right now," Hollis said Tuesday during a break in the Big Ten athletic directors meetings. "I do believe there's opportunities in basketball to have value back from an NCAA perspective and, more specifically, from a Big Ten Conference perspective of sending some teams over to play in various cities and bring the game of college basketball to them. Those are things I want to explore in the future.
"Europe is a lot easier than China to get to from a regular-season standpoint. But I'd like to see some outreach. I think we're in a global world now, and it would be good to be represented over there with not only (summer) tours but regular-season games."
It might be more feasible to play multiple games overseas and, if the games are to count, more teams could come along. Hollis is supposedly also considering this. Again, if Hollis is behind it, I wouldn't discount anything.