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Dantonio running his backs in phases

Dantonio running his backs in phases

EAST LANSING - Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio breaks each season into phases. Camp prepares his team for the first four games and if the Spartans can win their October dates that sets up playing for the Big Ten title in November.It’s a good design for a measuring...

Michigan State history to celebrate and copy

Michigan State history to celebrate and copy

Hall of Fame class inductions at any level are special moments. They reconnect athletes as well as fans with their youth, but Michigan State’s Class of 2018 also represents an extension to the school’s pioneering history. America has a complicated past with race relations, but...

Here is what George Webster would have said

Here is what George Webster would have said

What would George say?How might the late George Webster, a Michigan State College Football Hall of Fame linebacker/safety on the 1965 and 1966 national championship teams, have viewed Jon Reschke re-joining the Spartans following a racially charged text?Michigan State’s...

My appearance with Al Martin on WKAR

My appearance with Al Martin on WKAR

Thanks to Al Martin at WKAR for having me on his show, Current Sports. We discussed Jimmy Raye's induction into the Michigan State Hall of Fame and his legacy as the South's first black quarterback to win a national title and how he carried Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad...

Greatest comeback Spartans fans never saw

Greatest comeback Spartans fans never saw

The 1966 season is remembered for the Game of the Century with Notre Dame played as a quasi-national championship played on Nov. 19, 1966 before a record crowd of 80,031 at Spartan Stadium and unprecedented national television audience. The teams played to a 10-10 and finished...

Dantonio on Red Cedar movie and Raye of Light

Dantonio on Red Cedar movie and Raye of Light

Thanks to Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio for highlighting Michigan State's Underground Railroad teams coached by Duffy Daugherty that led the integration of college football.During Dantonio's media conference prior to Saturday's game against Central Michigan at Spartan...

A fun afternoon on The Drive with Jack

A fun afternoon on The Drive with Jack

Thanks to Jack Ebling for having me as a guest host on his popular sports talk show in Lansing, Mich.: "The Drive with Jack."We talked about this weekend's Michigan State Hall of Fame festivities that features Jimmy Raye's enshrinement. Raye and the five member Class of 2018 are...

Jimmy Raye ended black QB debate long ago

Jimmy Raye ended black QB debate long ago

Social progress and sports are indelibly intertwined with American history. It’s why Jackie Robinson, who broke Major League Baseball’s color line in 1947, remains an iconic figure that transcends athletics. Pioneers open closed roads and minds. Their ground-breaking efforts,...

Red Cedar film showing Wednesday on campus

Red Cedar film showing Wednesday on campus

Maya Washington, the daughter of Michigan State College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington, is showing her  independent film “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” for the first time on campus this week. The showing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Wells Hall Room...

Edwards sighs over lost desert quarterbacks

Edwards sighs over lost desert quarterbacks

Herm Edwards recently appeared on a Michigan State-based sports talk radio show. Always engaging, insightful and entertaining, Arizona State's new football coach has been one of my favorites to deal with over the years. We all know him for his memorable lines, most notably this...