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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...

Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond football

Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond football

Part II: Texas royalty turned to uncommon manMy segment on The Drive with Jack on sports radio in Lansing, Mich., on the influence of Willie Ray Smith-- Willie Ray Smith Sr. was one of the southern black high school coaches that laid the tracks to Michigan State coach Duffy...

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...

Black History Month in NC with Raye of Light

Black History Month in NC with Raye of Light

Thanks to Spectrum Sports weekend anchor J.B. Ricks Sr. ( @JB_Ricks ) for having me on Chevrolet Sunday Sports Night, the cable network  in the Raleigh-Durham area (Channel 14 on cable). On the show that recognized Black History Month we discussed Michigan State's Jimmy Raye...

Michigan State hired the best if not first choice

Michigan State hired the best if not first choice

I knew Mel Tucker spent the past year as Colorado’s football coach. I knew he coached with Nick Saban at Alabama. What I didn’t know until Michigan State hired him in Wednesday's surprise announcement was the Saban coaching tree with a Mel Tucker branch sprouted from Michigan...

Bryant myth overlooked Greg Pruitt and more

Bryant myth overlooked Greg Pruitt and more

#DUFFY Forty-four Michigan State Underground Railroad facts--- Why do I write so much debunking the myths and fiction surrounding Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabam game? The answer is simple: History has failed to properly credit College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy...

Thanks to The Undefeated for telling story

Thanks to The Undefeated for telling story

Thanks to David Squires for his story in The Undefeated on Duffy Daugherty and his Underground Railroad teams and crediting "Raye of Light."I've found most older media accept Bear Bryant folklore over the reality that he dragged his feet on integration. The Bryant folklore and...

Spartans found Dantonio as their Destination Man

Spartans found Dantonio as their Destination Man

Duffy is no doubt proud of Mark Dantonio and happy for his school. In fact, the late College Football Hall of Fame coach is bubbling over in green and white.A Michigan State Destination Man, which Duffy Daugherty most certainly was for 19 seasons in East Lansing, emerged as the...

Edwards on Underground Railroad and Sixties

Edwards on Underground Railroad and 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...

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...