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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...

Part III of Dierdorf interview is on Brady Hoke

Part III of Dierdorf interview is on Brady Hoke

Dan Dierdorf agreed to an interview to discuss Don Coryell and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle knows so much football, I brought up another coach in addition to Coryell and Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty....

Duffy and Woody missed what Bump noticed

Duffy and Woody missed what Bump noticed

Imagine if Duffy Daugherty or Woody Hayes spotted Dan Dierdorf’s Big Ten potential. What if they had offered the offensive tackle from Glenwood High in Canton, Ohio, a scholarship? At the time, Michigan coach Bump Elliott was one of the few to do so. Elliott’s foresight was Bo...

Blue Devils were overlooked in latest poll

Blue Devils were overlooked in latest poll

By Tom Shanahan, Special to the TimesDURHAM – This sounds ironic, but it’s fair to wonder if Duke was overlooked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll. The Blue Devils often get the benefit of the doubt, including from referees opposing coaches charge.But despite...

Charlotte Touchdown Club award gets it right

Charlotte Touchdown Club award gets it right

#AFAN (Air Force/Army/Navy) stories: My series is about more than academy football players. These stories are about future officers selflessly committed to serving their country during a seemingly endless war on terrorism. There are only 0.5 percent Americans making up the...

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

Army fullback powers ahead with old and new

#AFAN (Air Force/Army/Navy) stories: My series is about more than academy football players. These stories are about future officers selflessly committed to serving their country during a seemingly endless war on terrorism. There are only 0.5 percent Americans making up the...

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Jacob Isaia first traveled to Spartan Stadium as a sixth-grader growing up in Hawaii. His grandfather, Michigan State Hall of Famer Bob Apisa, brought him to a 2011 game that left a memorable impression.Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary touchdown pass to Keith Nichol upset unbeaten and No....

Ahmad Bradshaw and the routine at West Point

Ahmad Bradshaw and the routine at West Point

Ohio State’s players undoubtedly face tougher practices than normal following an embarrassing 31-16 loss to Oklahoma at home on Saturday.“Tougher,” though, is relative when juxtaposed with a routine day for the Buckeyes opponent this week — ArmyClick here for the rest...

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

If you think the College Football Playoff committee selecting Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington set off angry debates on terra firma, consider Woody Hayes watching as he sat among the football gods.He threw down in anger his hat with the block O. He searched for...

Virginia names change but defense the same

Virginia names change but defense the same

The Green Bay Packers finally lived up to Virginia basketball’s famed “Pack Line Defense” with a 27-13 Monday night over the Philadelphia Eagles.Virginia coach Tony Bennett’s Green Bay roots – he played at Wisconsin-Green Bay for his father, Dick Bennett – are the football...