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Eric Allen career also marked end of sad era in college football

Eric Allen career also marked end of sad era in college football

Eric Allen’s obituaries, typical of ones on athletes, started out noting his records and All-American stature as a Michigan State running back. Then they included vitals such of his age, 66, and that he had been in poor health at hospice in his hometown of Georgetown, S.C., until...

Michigan State adds Hall of Famer to Ring of Fame

Michigan State adds Hall of Famer to Ring of Fame

Clinton Jones will take to the Spartan Stadium turf Saturday night with wobblier legs than the purpose the two-time All-American halfback ran with a half-century ago in Michigan State’s season-opening 13-3 win Sept. 18, 1965 against UCLA.Emotion, not age, will turn his legs to...

MSU Orange County Alumni Club hosts Jones and Apisa

MSU Orange County Alumni Club hosts Jones and Apisa

Michigan State two-time All-American backs Clinton Jones and Bob Apisa will gather with the Michigan State Alumni Club of Orange County on Sept. 2 at Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill in Newport Beach, Calif. Jones, a halfback from Cleveland, will be enshrined in the College Football...

Special honors represent best of past and present

Special honors represent best of past and present

Add another layer of green-and-white to the Waldorf Astoria's grand ballroom at the 58th annual National Football Foundation Awards Dinner. And that’s before we know how football head coach Mark Dantonio’s promising ninth season in East Lansing unfolds.The NFF announced...

MSU recent College Hall of Famers can thank Dantonio

MSU recent College Hall of Famers can thank Dantonio

Two seasons ago Jimmy Raye, Gene Washington, Clinton Jones and other Michigan State players from the Spartans’ 1965 and 1966 national championship era reveled in traveling to Pasadena for the Spartans’ 2013 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win over Stanford.Raye...

Jimmy Raye bio entering 39th NFL season

Jimmy Raye bio entering 39th NFL season

Jimmy Raye's pioneering football career spans a half-century as quarterback at Michigan State, an NFL assistant coach, offensive coordinator and NFL Senior Advisor. The 2015 season is Raye’s 39th in the league and second as an advisor to NFL Vice President of Operations Troy...

NFL staged modern draft too late for Bubba

NFL staged modern draft too late for Bubba

Bubba Smith loved a stage, but the 1967 NFL Draft was a shadow of its modern-day TV show with Oscar-like glitter it is now. Imagine if the Michigan State legend turned Miller Lite pitchman and Hollywood actor was taken No. 1 overall in the modern draft. So I asked one of Smith’s...

Original satellite camp was Michigan State Underground Railroad

Original satellite camp was Michigan State Underground Railroad

The late Duffy Daugherty, perched above Spartan Stadium for Michigan State’s spring game Saturday, must be chortling over news the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference are upset with Big Ten satellite camps in the South. Daugherty, of course, founded the...

Four Hall of Fame Horsemen of Michigan State

Four Hall of Fame Horsemen of Michigan State

Michigan State halfback Clinton Jones’ election to the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this month raised the interesting question of whether another school can match the Spartans with four Hall-of-Famers from the same senior class. Well, it’s happened at three other...

MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago

MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”    ...