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Dabo Sweeney no longer needs Ah Shucks personna

Dabo Sweeney no longer needs Ah Shucks personna

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took a seat with Alabama’s Nick Saban, Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio and Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops last week when the coaches representing the four teams in the College Football Playoff gathered in Atlanta.The first question Swinney fielded regarded an...

Around the podcast on College Football Playoffs

Around the podcast on College Football Playoffs

We’re heading into the most important weekend in college football, and that’s the weekend of the conference championships.Of course, not every conference has a championship game (here’s looking at you, Big 12), but the ones that do have a ton on the line. Very potentially, the...

Michigan State upset preserves record of unbeaten titles

Michigan State upset preserves record of unbeaten titles

Michigan State’s upset of Ohio State last week preserved more than a shot at this year’s Big Ten title and College Football Playoff.The 1965-66 Spartans still alone hold the conference record of back-to-back unbeaten and untied Big Ten titles that they established a...

Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend

Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend

Thanksgiving and football have gone together dating back to the late 1800s, so it’s nothing new. But there are always new reasons to give thanks. Here are my 13 football items to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day for the 2015 season.— 1. I’m thankful for traditional college...

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State began the season knocking on the door to the national title with a ranking as high as No. 2 five weeks into the season. The injury-riddled Spartans slipped to No. 9, but they are still in position if they manage an upset Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State.For the he...

Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Tony Banks remembers precisely the moment on Nov. 4, 1995 when he fully understood the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry.Prior to that day the Spartans’ senior quarterback from San Diego failed to separate Michigan from other Big Ten schools on the schedule. He had grown up far...

Homecoming weekend honors national championship teams

Homecoming weekend honors national championship teams

Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship teams broke too much ground to be limited to a ceremony for homecoming against Purdue Saturday at Spartan Stadium.So the school began recognizing the old-timers on Friday. The weekend began when Michigan State president Lou...

Cutcliffe plans to address targeting rule on rules committee

Cutcliffe plans to address targeting rule on rules committee

DURHAM, N.C. – The thoughts Duke coach David Cutcliffe expressed responding to a question about the targeting rule sounded similar to what other coaches believe.“Intent,” is the word he says is missing from the rule interpretation of helmet-to-helmet contact. ... Click...

Colleges make more than gesture opening practice to students

Colleges make more than gesture opening practice to students

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren tried something different in this era of paranoid football coaches closing practice to the media and fans.His Wolfpack’s Leadership Council, which is made up of players representing all four classes and positions, requested he open practice...

Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State opens more than another football season with the start of the 2015-16 school year. Mark Dantonio’s football team and Tom Izzo’s basketball program are chasing what I call a third straight “Pat Wilson Double.”You’re wondering, what’s that? ... Click...