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Michigan football fans need perspective

Michigan football fans need perspective

It’s tough to pinpoint, but somewhere along the line Michigan fans turned as nutty as the zealots of Alabama football and Kentucky basketball. Michigan has one of the best football coaches in the country in Brady Hoke, but fans are turning up the heat as he prepares for his...

Former Harbaugh player expects him to coach Michigan someday

Former Harbaugh player expects him to coach Michigan someday

J.T. Rogan knows the contentious side of Jim Harbaugh and the competitive side. He knows the prickly coach as well as he will let anyone get to know him. Rogan played running back for Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and coached under him at Stanford. More importantly for...

Nebraska football lives in Osborne lost fantasy world

Nebraska football lives in Osborne lost fantasy world

Unreality finally caught up to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers faithful are unable to accept reality that the halcyon days of Tom Osborne in the 1990s – national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997 -- will never return. And so Bo Pelini was fired on Sunday, two days after his team won a...

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

The wonder of history is an untold story always surfaces years later. Tommy Graves, Michigan State’s All-Big Ten second-team safety as a 1974 freshman that was robbed of future greatness by knee injuries, tells one 40 years later. It's about the Spartans’ monumental 16-13 upset...

Ferris State hired Smith with Michigan State blueprint dreams

Ferris State hired Smith with Michigan State blueprint dreams

The Michigan State Mafia was an affectionate term for the number of assistants Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty placed in jobs around the country in their time as Spartans head coaches – Munn from 1947 to 1953 and Daugherty 1954 to 1972. Men such as Earle Edwards were named the...

Duffy called QB option for final upset of Ohio State in 1972

Duffy called QB option for final upset of Ohio State in 1972

Forty-plus years later it’s a moment Michigan State’s 1972 football team can celebrate despite an otherwise underachieving season that turned out to be their College Hall of Fame coach’s final season. The Spartans finished with a 5-5-1 record, but when the record had slipped to...

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

In this age of social media you would think Kyler Elsworth and Nay Thornhill would have talked by now. Elsworth is the Michigan State’s Rose Bowl Defensive MVP from the 2013 the New Year’s Day win over Stanford in Pasadena. Nay is the younger brother of the late Charlie “Mad...

MSU and UNC enlightened South 55 years ago

MSU and UNC enlightened South 55 years ago

NOTE: I first posted this story on the 50th anniversary of Michigan State traveling to North Carolina.“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things...

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Some of the highest praise in the coaching profession for Jimmy Raye is offered by former Texas coach Fred Akers, an unlikely source considering their backgrounds. They grew up on opposite sides of segregation as athletes and later as young coaches, but their paths did cross in...

Man of Sparta blazed trail for Polynesian football players

Man of Sparta blazed trail for Polynesian football players

My interview began with a question for Bob Apisa following news he was named a finalist for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s second class. The inductees will be announced on Oct. 8 and enshrined on Jan. 24 in Hawaii during the NFL’s Pro Bowl weekend. Apisa was the first...