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Michigan State’s Big-Bodied Center, Derrick Nix, Is Now A Vegetarian

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11:  Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans goes up for a shot attempt against William Buford #44 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Final Game of the 2012 Big Ten Men's Conference Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 11: Derrick Nix #25 of the Michigan State Spartans goes up for a shot attempt against William Buford #44 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Final Game of the 2012 Big Ten Men’s Conference Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Two of the nation’s elite programs rely on big men with weight problems.

That’s the truth.

And though UCLA’s Josh Smith has given no indication that he’s seriously trying to get his issue under control — coach Ben Howland publicly expressed disappointment with Smith’s conditioning earlier this week — there seems to be hope at Michigan State, where big-bodied center Derrick Nix has announced he’s becoming a vegetarian.

“I’ve decided to change my life in a different way,” Nix tweeted this week, according to MLive.com’s Diamond Leung.”As of 9/20/12, I am a vegetarian and will remain this way until 9/20/13. … I just want to stay in shape.”

Good for him.

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