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My Michigan State history letter to Mel Tucker

My Michigan State history letter to Mel Tucker

To Coach Mel Tucker:Welcome back to Michigan State.Your two seasons as a graduate assistant in the 1997 and 1998 seasons on Nick Saban's football staff was time for you to learn more about the school than we know about you upon your return 22 years later. So I'm wondering how...

Dabo insults his team with Alabama history

Dabo insults his team with Alabama history

“Notre Dame was 8-0 and ranked No. 1; the Spartans were 9-0 and ranked No. 2. Despite the fact that Alabama was also undefeated — and, in fact, would end the 1966 season as the only undefeated Division I team in the country — no one doubted that the winner of the Notre...

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Duffy Daugherty retired 47 seasons ago with 109 Michigan State career victories, a school record outlasting eight coaching changes. But the win total long identified with the College Football Hall of Famer is about to fall -- as early as 2019’s third game. Mark Dantonio stands...

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Three twitter posts I read in succession were unrelated unless placed in the context of Black History Month. One was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the other two about the Texas Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In general, they were reminders...

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

The coaching DNA linking New England head coach Bill Belichick and his father Steve, a respected 34-year Navy assistant, are retold with every Patriots Super Bowl trip. But the Belichick family has company this week in Atlanta. Sean McVay, who has taken the Los Angeles Rams to...

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...

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State's 1960s golden era shines brighter these days. The luminescence, like a firefly’s glow, isn't artificial. It's a result of the MSU Hall-of-Fame committee reaching back to honor previously overlooked special athletes. Football is king, but there is more to the...

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Some sad news on the passing of a Michigan State football pioneer. My research for book Raye of Light revealed he was the first passenger on Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad. He was very proud of that, and I was proud to meet him and make him a key figure in...

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Duffy Daugherty rolled over in his grave. Bubba Smith, George Webster and Charlie Thornhill huddled above and wept as they looked down.The College Football Hall of Fame coach and the legendary players he recruited from the segregated South to Michigan State had to be...

Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...