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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...

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...

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...

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

Excerpts taken from Raye of Light, Chapter 10: The Missing Heisman.Click here to purchase Raye of Light from August PublicationsMichigan State football legend George Webster was Zion Williamson before Zion Williamson was Duke’s basketball wunderkind. Their stories are a...