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Spartans finish where left off five years ago

Spartans finish where left off five years ago

We’re stranded in a basketball wasteland, left longingly to wonder how the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament would have turned out. And, tragically, it’s all necessary for life-and-death reasons – the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, with plenty of time to ponder the possibilities, let’s...

Discussing Willie Ray Smith on Drive with Jack

Discussing Willie Ray Smith on Drive with Jack

Click here to listen to the interviewStories:Part I: Willie Ray Smith, Bubba Smith's father, left a legacy beyond footballPart II: Texas royalty, Darrell Royal, turned uncommon man, Willie Ray Smith, with a common nameThanks to Jack Ebling and The Drive with Jack for having me on...

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...

Izzo Era in Big Ten hoop outlasts another coach

Izzo Era in Big Ten hoop outlasts another coach

50 … and counting. That’s how many Big Ten basketball coaches Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has outlasted since he was promoted to succeed his mentor, Jud Heathcote, as the Spartans’ head coach in the 1995-96 season. The number increased by one this past season, even though all 14...

The NBA latest example of sports leading way

The NBA latest example of sports leading way

What in the world would we do without sports? I’m not referring to replacing our time watching the recently canceled or postponed events that have left the sports world dark. I mean without the leadership of the various sports governing bodies and officials that made the...

Winston showered with ovation and empathy

Winston showered with ovation and empathy

Cassius Winston’s “Senior Day” moment is now cemented in Michigan State history, but extraordinary circumstances require a closer look at what it represented beyond other senior days.He was a star college basketball player that NBA money failed to lure into a part-time student...

John Feinstein travels back roads in new book

John Feinstein travels back roads in new book

John Feinstein’s career covering college basketball spans all the main roads to the Final Four and beyond.His books on the college game have provided the reader unique access to legendary coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, Jim Valvano (The Legends Club) and others. One coach...

Michigan State baseball and CWS memories

Michigan State baseball and CWS memories

Robert Reising, a Professor Emeritus at UNC Pembroke, played for Michigan State's baseball team in the 1954 College World Series. Reising wrote about 60th reunion of the team a year ago. Reising wrote the book "Chasing Moonlight: The true story of Field of Dreams' Doc Graham."The...

Tucker views coach Hawkins as teacher first

Tucker views coach Hawkins as teacher first

Name a pro athlete that collected NFL paychecks for nine years -- providing his family a comfortable life -- but upon retirement from his playing days returned to his high school alma mater located in an impoverished urban neighborhood. In other words, identify a star athlete...