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Herm Edwards on understanding the Sixties

Herm Edwards on understanding the Sixties

Arizona State coach Herm Edwards offered an observation about young athletes, breaking into his familiar belly laugh that fills a room. They view the 1960s as ancient history, he says.“It’s amazing. They think the ’60s was a long time ago. It wasn’t that long ago. I lived in that...

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The NBA early entry withdrawal deadline spawned a spate of stories projecting college teams as winners and losers. They were based on players staying in school and those gone to the NBA – actually, overseas or to the G-League for most of them. Those evaluations were a little...

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

Sportswriters are both romantics and cynics. That’s why Inspector Renault, a cynical character in Casablanca, a romantic movie, so often appears in sports stories.The latest example of Inspector Renault declaring he’s “shocked, shocked,” results from Christian Dawkins testifying...

Cassius Winston is bullish on legacy stocks

Cassius Winston is bullish on legacy stocks

Cassius Winston’s legacy stock is up. Way up. His NBA prospects determine future financial stocks, but his pro career can only enhance his Michigan State legacy. That was secured once he announced on Friday his senior year return for another NCAA title shot. He has a chance to...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

The story behind Spartans wearing Gus patch

The story behind Spartans wearing Gus patch

The “Gus” patch adorning Michigan State’s basketball jerseys have represented the indomitable character of Gus Ganakas. The team has stitched the spirit of the late Spartans coach to their Final Four run. The patch’s story is one that the CBS TV crews have failed to properly...

Kenny Goins and his road to the Final Four

Kenny Goins and his road to the Final Four

Tom Izzo enriches the Michigan State basketball program's history with season awards named for former players and coaches. It is one way the Basketball Hall of Fame coach connects the past to the present and into the future. Johnny Green, who led the Spartans...

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

A Michigan State fifth-year senior and an Auburn junior slew a pair of NBA Combine team dragons, leaving Duke and Kentucky short of an NCAA title – not to mention a Final Four – a fourth straight year. Experience still matters most in college basketball. Michigan State’s Kenny...

Yooper succeeds where hillbilly fell short

Yooper succeeds where hillbilly fell short

Anytime Michigan State crosses paths with LSU or Alabama, Nick Saban’s name comes up. That's true even when the subject is basketball as it was this week in Washington, D.C.. Michigan State's second-seeded team faces No. 3-seed LSU in an NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen game...

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...