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Texas royalty turned to an uncommon man

Texas royalty turned to an uncommon man

Part I:  Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond footballMy segment on The Drive with Jack, Lansing, Mich., sports radio-- Willie Ray Smith Sr. was one of the southern black high school coaches that laid the tracks to Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s Underground...

Part III of Dierdorf interview is on Brady Hoke

Part III of Dierdorf interview is on Brady Hoke

Dan Dierdorf agreed to an interview to discuss Don Coryell and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle knows so much football, I brought up another coach in addition to Coryell and Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty....

Duffy and Woody missed what Bump noticed

Duffy and Woody missed what Bump noticed

Imagine if Duffy Daugherty or Woody Hayes spotted Dan Dierdorf’s Big Ten potential. What if they had offered the offensive tackle from Glenwood High in Canton, Ohio, a scholarship? At the time, Michigan coach Bump Elliott was one of the few to do so. Elliott’s foresight was Bo...

ESPN documentary tonight on Rashaan Salaam

ESPN documentary tonight on Rashaan Salaam

Below are are links to ESPN's E:60 teaser for documentary on Rashaan Salaam and links to two stories I posted on Rashaan Salaam after the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner took his life in Dec. 5, 2016. Lower on the page are Salaam's 1994 season game-by-game results and more links to...

Welcome to the Conference of Pioneers

Welcome to the Conference of Pioneers

To Kevin Warren:Welcome to the Big Ten Conference. Congratulations on being named the historic league’s next commissioner, succeeding Jim Delaney. Welcome to the Conference of Pioneers.Hey, if Bill Walton can call the Pac-12 the Conference of Champions, well, Big Ten fans...

Holgorsen explains Power 5 move to Houston

Holgorsen explains Power 5 move to Houston

Dana Holgorsen’s move to the University of Houston is an attempt to defy two realities in college football.  One is the revolving door at Houston and the other proving a Group of 5 position can be better than one at a Power 5 school. To prove his point, he left West...

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

One Ferris State offensive star overcame a troubled past, including legal transgressions that landed him in jail and cost him his football scholarship to Michigan State. Now Jayru Campbell is a Bulldogs’ phoenix. The junior quarterback won the Harlon Hill Award -- the Heisman...

Georgian follows opportunity trail to Ferris

Georgian follows opportunity trail to Ferris

College football mines hundreds of prospects from the talent-rich South, where the sport is religion, to play for northern schools at all levels. An experience on their own attracts some. Others were overlooked by schools closer to home. Adrian Green of Cedar Grove High in...

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...

The Irish stars finally align for Ian Book

The Irish stars finally align for Ian Book

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly no longer has to explain away speculation he settled for Ian Book as a Plan B recruit. Not after Book's third-straight win as a starter that has lifted the Irish into the College Football Playoff picture.The stars have finally aligned for Notre Dame...