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Walker reaching his finish line as game changer

Walker reaching his finish line as game changer

“I didn’t think the military was for me when I was recruited, but I’m fortunate I came here. My family situation was a broken home. I came from poverty. When I visited on my recruiting trip, I saw the brotherhood. I saw I could earn a degree and have a better life for myself and...

Riley doubles down on best of both lives

Riley doubles down on best of both lives

 cornerback that helped Army nearly slay the Michigan giant might someday be – to borrow from the late Bo Schembechler’s beloved phrase — an NFL Man. The League has always been Elijah Riley’s goal, even as he committed to West Point.Usually, a high school recruit dreaming of...

Izzo outlasts another Big Ten coaching victim

Izzo outlasts another Big Ten coaching victim

49 and counting. I wondered about a number representing Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo's success and stability spanning 24 seasons. A total besides his 22 straight NCAA trips in 24 seasons, seven Final Fours, nine Elite Eights, 14 Sweet Sixteens, nine Big Ten...

McQuaid finds his range at the right time

McQuaid finds his range at the right time

Matt McQuaid spoke about “a sense of urgency” now that the senior is down to his final NCAA Tournament appearance. Win and advance, lose and go home. This time, though, it’s for the Michigan State guard’s career. And his sense of urgency was never bigger than scoring a a...

Narduzzi adds title to home he found at Pitt

Narduzzi adds title to home he found at Pitt

Six years ago Pat Narduzzi turned down tripling his salary for a lateral move as a defensive coordinator. Five years ago he declined a chance to become a head coach for the first time. Thanks to his discerning eye, this year, his fourth as Pitt’s head coach, he’s sitting pretty...

Virginia Tech QB looks ahead to season

Virginia Tech QB looks ahead to season

My story in the Detroit Free Press on Josh Jackson from ACC media days* * *I invite you to follow me on Twitter @shanny4055Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It...

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach David Cutcliffe surveyed the Blue Devils’ recent pro day at Pascal Field House. The pride was palpable. His smile could have bridged the gap that is the school's program before-and-after Cutcliffe’s arrival 10 years ago. Pre-Cutcliffe, Duke won 10 games...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

A time to lean on respect Magic helped build

A time to lean on respect Magic helped build

Five-star high school basketball recruit Zion Williamson’s surprise decision last month to join the crowd at Duke was yet another appreciation of Earvin “Magic” Johnson's Michigan State legacy. Johnson's own path established a long-lasting respect for the Spartans' basketball...

Dog Day Afternoon for Michigan

Dog Day Afternoon for Michigan

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Baseball old-timers like to say one of the sport’s charms is you’re likely to see something happen you never saw before in a game.That axiom was validated in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional when North Carolina’s “rally dog” ran onto the field to seemingly spark...