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Dawson displays what Parker saw in him

Dawson displays what Parker saw in him

Ah, now we know what Duke freshman Jabari Parker meant when he said Branden Dawson’s presence on Michigan State’s roster was one reason he chose the Blue Devils over the Spartans.Parker, whose freshman averages of 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game have enhanced already...

Clinton Jones overdue for College Football Hall of Fame

Clinton Jones overdue for College Football Hall of Fame

Michigan State football fans rejoiced for two reasons last May when Percy Snow was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame:The 1989 Butkus Award and Lombardi Award winner as a senior in and 1988 Rose Bowl MVP (1987 season) earned enshrinement in the Hall.Snow’s election and...

February upsets in words of Sparty legend Jud Heathcote

February upsets in words of Sparty legend Jud Heathcote

The ten Top 25 teams that suffered upsets last week came as no surprise to College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jud Heathcote. It’s February, after all.The retired Michigan State coach said he understood how his beloved Spartans were among the victims when they lost on Sunday to...

Gates finally positioned in his best sport

Gates finally positioned in his best sport

This is my July 21, 2004 story on Antonio Gates I wrote while working for Chargers.com.By Tom ShanahanAll those years Antonio Gates spent in basketball positioning himself for rebounds against taller players - they stretched his height at Kent State, listing him at 6-foot-5 -...

Michigan State takes page from Stanford in Rose Bowl

Michigan State takes page from Stanford in Rose Bowl

The irony of the 100th Rose Bowl turned out that Michigan State defeated Stanford, a team making its fourth straight BCS bowl trip, at its own game. Stanford’s defense philosophy, first employed on The Farm by Jim Harbaugh and continued by David Shaw when he succeeded his boss...

Taggart visits hallowed ground at Spartan Stadium

Taggart visits hallowed ground at Spartan Stadium

Willie Taggart’s mind will be preoccupied finding a way for USF to steal a football victory from favored Michigan State when the Bulls' new head coach trots onto the field Saturday at Spartan Stadium. But along the way from Taggart's South Florida hiring on Dec. 9 to the...

Hemingway fate switched Allen to fullback

Hemingway fate switched Allen to fullback

BY TOM SHANAHAN This is one of those sad, what-might-have-been stories. In August, 1978, USC welcomed a freshman football class that featured Arthur Hemingway, a promising fullback from Oceanside High near San Diego, and Marcus Allen, a quarterback/safety recruited as a safety...

No small roles in the Game of the Century

No small roles in the Game of the Century

In real life, Mike Burgener is a former Marine that plays a teacher and a coach at Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista. He's also a USA Weightlifting coach.His students can’t comprehend this, but in college football history he played a small role in the 1966 Game of the...