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What began as a summer job working at a golf course has blossomed into a 26-year sports turf management career that has allowed Amy Fouty to experience the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry as both a Wolverine and a Spartan.Fouty, who grew up in Wisconsin, has been Michigan States sports turf manager since 2003. Joining Michigan State made complete sense for her, considering she was part of its turf-grass management program from 1994 to 1996. But consider the fact she moved to East Lansing from rival Ann Arbor after she was Michigans head groundskeeper from 1999 to 2003.She has learned from Michigan legend Lloyd Carr and current Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio, who praised Foutys on-field abilities.Amy and her staff do a tremendous job with the turf, Dantonio said. This is like her baby, so theres never a question in my mind that shes going to do everything she can to make sure the turf is in a playable condition, and I really think we have one of the greatest fields in the country. I really dont worry about it because shes a perfectionist and that gives me a great peace of mind. Ive been that way since Ive been here.The following is Foutys story, in her words:Growing up in a sports-centered familyBefore I knew anything about sports turf management, I always joked that my dream job would be to take care of Lambeau Field. I grew up outside of Milwaukee, and even though my mother was a nurse and father was a geologist, sports and sporting events were consistently intertwined with my family. Whether it was playing softball, watching the Milwaukee Bucks or tailgating at a Brewers game, we were constantly doing something sports related. Even during all family holidays, we would get together with my grandparents and huddle around the TV to watch whatever game was on that night. My grandparents were both huge influences on my life, and whenever my grandpa would work on the yard, he would let me help.Finding my home turfAfter studying psychology at Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, I worked at a golf course in Whitmore Lake, Michigan. I was responsible for 350 acres, managing the staff and purchasing all of the golf course supplies and equipment. It gave me relevant experience in all phases of managing a large scale operation and prepared me for my next position at the University of Michigan.Michigan was my first foray into the world of Division I college athletics, but being tasked with maintaining one of the most historic college football fields of all time didnt faze me. Being able to manage my emotions and not get too high or low in the moment is essential when leading people. I went in with the knowledge that its my job to prepare as if each game is the most important game of the season and translate that to my team in a way they can process and function.Great leaders leadFormer Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr taught me about football from a coachs perspective. I would watch game film with the coaches and the team to gain a better understanding of the teams playing style and how each player movement was affected by or affecting the playing surface.Over the years, I have continued to ask Michigan States head coach Mark Dantonio and the other great coaches I work with to mentor me in the specific sports they coach. This allows me to continue to incorporate the science of turf-grass management and the art of field preparation. With that knowledge, my staff and I can provide the highest quality playing surface possible for our student-athletes.I am fortunate to be able to watch and learn how great programs are developed and maintained from the inside, through good times and through adversity. I will always be grateful for Coach Carrs and Coach Dantonios insights into the game of football and to get to see their individual leadership styles of the student-athletes and support staff on display.The rivalryI did not grow up in Michigan, so the rivalry was not something I understood or considered when I left Michigan to go to Michigan State. As you work at any place, you see things and experience things that help you gain a unique and diverse perspective. I would not be where I am as a person or professional without my experiences at both Michigan and Michigan State.One of the differences between the schools is their respective playing surfaces. There are many challenges in maintaining both artificial and natural surfaces, but the bottom line is that a good grass field is preferred over an excellent artificial surface when it comes to wear and tear on the athletes. This has been substantiated through NFLPA playing surface opinion surveys and injury data collection statistics.The field at Spartan StadiumOne of the most important things about the field at Spartan Stadium is that it is a representation of our agricultural tradition at MSU. Michigan State was the first land grant institution in the country and we are very proud to represent our agricultural roots while taking on the responsibility that is maintaining the field at Spartan Stadium.We have a small crew and one full-time assistant who manage a number of different outdoor facilities and fields, all of which feature Kentucky bluegrass. For football games, the university decides what the midfield logo will be, and unlike the NFL, we do not make changes to our markings. In addition to football games at the stadium, during my time at Michigan State weve hosted other special events and concerts that include top bands like U2.Measure twice, cut onceFootball field preparation for the season begins the day after the spring game. Our focus is to grow a high-quality playing surface and maintain field health throughout the summer. About 95 percent of the time, this five-month period will determine the overall success or failure of the field during the season. Planning and proper execution is always the key to success.All preparations for game days occur the week prior to the game, so monitoring the weather is almost a sport in and of itself. In a perfect world, the Sunday following a Saturday game we will finish field repairs and clean up select areas around the field; Monday we let the field rest and recover; Tuesday we mow; and Wednesday and Thursday we paint. Painting is a two-day venture with all of the markings and logos we have to detail and keep fresh.Fridays are our busy days because after we mow and detail specific areas, we coordinate with the Michigan State production liaison to work with TV production crews. All interviews are scheduled and approved for specific times when we can be present.During the actual game, we watch the field closely even though there are typically no in-game repairs to be made. By the fourth quarter, I have reviewed the weather for the upcoming week and already have a game plan for the maintenance and repair of the field. After we assist all postgame on-field activities involving the band, cheerleaders and media, my assistant and I discuss next weeks agenda for the impending game. This entire process takes about an hour or two.Our biggest rival: The weatherThe week of game preparation in East Lansing without weather challenges are rare. We do our best to prepare the field so playing conditions are as consistent as possible. We have incorporated new technologies, such as temperature and moisture sensors in our natural grass fields, to assist us in our everyday field maintenance.Every situation involving weather is different and every game prep week presents its own challenges. The two most extreme games Ive been a part of came in 2014 against Rutgers in our final home game of the season and in our second game of the season in 2011 against Florida Atlantic. Prior to kickoff against Rutgers, we had to plow the field and shovel the stadium in single-digit temperatures. That was an incredible undertaking and the hardest working week in my life. Against Florida Atlantic, it rained cats and dogs all game, which is usually the cause of extraordinary wear and tear between the hashmarks. In both instances, the field responded and played quite well. Weather preparation is learned through the years and each conquered weather event is a badge of honor in our profession.#TurfTipHaving worked in this profession for almost 30 years, friends and family always ask me for lawn care advice. My #TurfTip is to remember to fertilize twice a year, and personally I like to take advantage of holiday weekends like Memorial Day and Labor Day.Embracing the moment at the place I loveI dont prepare for a game based on the other team. My focus is getting the field as perfect as possible for our teams playing style. Every game on the calendar is a big game to us, with the most important game being the next one.My favorite parts of working in turf are the people and relationships Ive built over the years. I have been fortunate to befriend and be mentored by many sports field managers that I have met as a member of the Sports Turf Managers Association.In terms of loyalty, I have been blessed to work at MSU for 12 years. 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PAUL, Minn.Toronto Wolfpack have signalled their intention to make their mark on English rugby league with the signing of former New Zealand international Fuifui Moimoi. The worlds first transatlantic professional sports team also announced pre-season fixtures against Wigan and Hull at a press conference in Liverpool, on the eve of the Four Nations final at Anfield.Moimoi spent the first 14 years of his professional career at NRL club Parramatta before spending the last two seasons in the Championship with Leigh. The 37-year-old Tongan prop is older than Toronto founder Eric Perez, but head coach Paul Rowley believes the Steam Train will quickly become a cult figure for the Wolfpack fans when they make their debut in the Kingstone Press League 1 in 2017.Its a magnificent coup for the Wolfpack to acquire Fuis services, said Rowley, who was head coach of Leigh on Moimois arrival in England. Hes an iconic brand and will add an additional physical presence to an already impressive line-up.Moimoi is the seventh player recruited from Rowleys old club but Toronto have also made signings from Australia and expect to unearth at least two players from North America and the West Indies following a series of trials. Former Bradford Bulls coach Briaan Noble is Toronto Wolfpacks director of rugby Weve been to Vancouver, Toronto, Philadelphia and Tampa and we had an unbelievable eight days in Kingston, Jamaica, said Wolfpack director of rugby Brian Noble.ddddddddddddWere basically trialling over 300 athletes and were bringing 18 over to the UK on December 10 to spend two weeks with us.If we sign two, three, four or five of those people into the competition in the UK, it offers a new career path and brings in a new audience and a new athletic base.The Canadian club are funding all travel costs for the visiting teams and Perez hopes to attract full houses of 10,000 for their home games at Lamport Stadium in Liberty Village.The League 1 season does not get under way until March but Wolfpack will play friendlies against Challenge Cup winners Hull on January 22 at the KCOM Stadium and Super League champions Wigan on February 5 at the Manchester Athletic Centre.As the newest club of the RFL it is a great honour to play two storied clubs, especially Wigan and Hull, Noble said. 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