Game of Century discussion and Men of Sparta showing
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Game of Century discussion and Men of Sparta showing

Two Michigan State football history events featured on campus homecoming week

Photo: Program cover from 1966 Game of the Century

-- GAME OF THE CENTURY discussion, 7 pm (reception at 6 pm)  Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Conrad Hall (near Hubbard Hall). Admission is free but University Archives requests registration to monitor the turnout at Conrad Hall's classroom auditorium (see link below).
-- MEN OF SPARTA showing, 6 pm (doors open at 5 pm) Thursday, Oct. 13 at Wells Hall. Tickets are $12.50. A presale is available at the Game of the Century discussion.

Sponsored by University Archives and the MSU Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Parking is free at Lot 32/Fee Road.

Click here for registration to the summary link:  Links to my stories can be found below.
Fans can meet with players before and after the event. The reception is 6 p.m. and event begins at 7 p.m. See the list below of signed books and DVDs that will be available for purchase.
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. at Conrad Hall
Jack Ebling of 92.1 FM's The Drive with Jack serves as the moderator.

-- JIMMY RAYE, quarterback, Fayetteville (N.C.) E.E. Smith: Raye was second-team All-Big Ten in 1966. He was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title as member of head coach Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad from the segregated South.
-- CLINTON JONES, halfback, Cleveland (Ohio): Jones the 1965 and 1966 Spartans in rushing both seasons. He was a two-time All-American enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Michigan State Hall of Fame in 2012.
-- REGIS CAVENDER, fullback, Detroit Cathedral: The three-year lettermen secured his place in Michigan State lore scoring the game's first touchdown for a 7-0 lead. He was sophomore backup to Bob Apisa.

-- BOB APISA, fullback, Honolulu Farrington): The two-time All-American fullback was a junior slowed by a knee injury late in the season. He was the first Samoan All-American player as a member of Duffy Daugherty's Hawaiian Pipeline.

-- JERRY WEST, Durand: All-American offensive guard as a 1966 senior and two-time All-Big Ten pick on the 1965 and 1966 national championship teams. He helped clear the hole on the right side for Cavender's touchdown.
-- STERLING ARMSTRONG, Detroit Central: The three-year letterman recovered a fumble that would have preserved Michigan State's 10-7 lead, but the play was nullified by an offsides call against Michigan State defensive end Bubba Smith. By studying the film a case can be made that Smith was not offsides, but there was no replay in those days. With the ball given back to Notre Dame, Irish quarterback Coley O'Brien continued 10-play, 70-yard drive that ended with Joe Azzaro kicking a 28-yard field goal for the 10-10 tie.
-- HANK BULLOUGH, defensive coordinator: Bullough was the Spartans' defensive coordinator on the 1966 team. He played for the Spartans on their 1954 Rose Bowl team and coached under Duffy Daugherty from 1959 to 1969 before he began his NFL coaching career.
-- NOTE: Gene Washington, a two-time All-American wide receiver and College Football Hall-of-Famer from La Porte, Tx., has an unavoidable conflict with the Oct. 12 date. He hopes to attend if can change his schedule. 
More 1966 players and Spartans from other years are invited to attend. The players attending also will discuss their memories of three 1965 and 1966 stars that have passed away: Bubba Smith (Beaumont, Tx.), George Webster (Anderson, S.C.) and Charlie Thornill (Roanoke Va.).
-- NOTRE DAME's GEORGE GEODDEKE, center: The Irish's starting center is from Detroit and still makes him home in the Detroit. He played six years for the Denver Broncos following his college. Goeddeke, who was hurt early in the game, will provide a Notre Dame perspective on the Game of the Century.
--- Showing of Men of Sparta, 6 p.m. Wednesday at Wells Hall. Tickets at the door starting at 5 p.m. are $12.50. A discussion will follow the event.
FRIDAY, noon
--- Downtown Coaches Luncheon with Pat Gallinagh speaking.

--- Northwestern vs. Michigan State, 3:30 at Spartan Stadium.
GAME of the CENTURY stories by Tom Shanahan, author of Raye of Light
Click here for my story on Coley O'Brien, 9-16-16: Game of the Century Legend returns to East Lansing
Click here for my Today's U story, 9-15-16: Notre Dame-Michigan State: The Game of the Century, 50 years later
Click here for my National Football Foundation story, 9-14-16: Reliving the Game of the Century
Click here for my story with Terry Hanratty, 9-12-16: The Biggest Game of Them All
Click here for my story on Bubba Smith with MSU Hall of Fame wrestler Don Behm, 9-4-16:  The night Don Behm flipped Bubba Smith

AVAILABLE BOOKS and DVDs in the Conrad Hall lobby

Fans can purchase signed copies of several books and a DVD of Men of Sparta produced by Bob Apisa.


Documentary on the 1965-66 Spartans was shown July 31 at the Traverse City Film Festival


Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans and the integration of college football

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy


By Jack Ebling and Joe Rexrode


One athlete's journey from concussions in amateur football to CTE dementia

By Jim Proebstle, Michigan State tight end on 1965 national championship. Proceeds donated to his Dick Proebstle Foundation. Jim's older brother Dick was a quarterback for the Spartans.


John Hannah, Ralph Aigler and the Origin of the Michigan State University-Michigan Rivalry


The Game of the Century against Notre Dame for the national championship ended in a controversial 10-10 tie. It was a seminal moment in the modern college game that is still debated 50 years later. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, although the 50th anniversary was recognized Sept. 17 when the 2016 Spartans won 38-26 at Notre Dame.
Share the memories with Michigan State players during homecoming week at upcoming events surrounding the Northwestern game on Saturday, Oct. 15. The National Football Foundation's MacArthur Bowl named Michigan State and Notre Dame co-national champions.


Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."