Michigan State chases third straight double
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Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State's football and basketball success is a Pat Wilson Double

Photo: Top, Sparty playing the drums at the Breslin Center. Bottom, Pat Wilson was a starting guard on the 1957 Final Four team.

Michigan State opens more than another football season with the start of the 2015-16 school year. Mark Dantonio’s football team and Tom Izzo’s basketball program are chasing what I call a third straight “Pat Wilson Double.”

You’re wondering, what’s that? ... 

Click here for the rest of my @Todaysu.com story on Michigan State doubling up as No. 1 in football and basketball.

Click here for my Part I story on Pat Wilson playing in the Rose Bowl and the Final Four.

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 Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com 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."