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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...

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...

Duke not accepting excuses for bowl eligibility

Duke not accepting excuses for bowl eligibility

DURHAM – A Duke football constant under coach David Cutcliffe has been his willingness to reveal what he tells his players. Many paranoid coaches, citing confidentiality, won’t share their words with media -- and thus not their fans. Well, this week there is plenty to wonder...

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Lipscomb travels reverse Tobacco Road

Tobacco is no longer North Carolina’s economic engine, Tobacco Road as an old label for college basketball in the state and Lipscomp University is located in Nashville, Tenn. But there is still a reverse Tobacco Road trip for the Bison to complete. Lipscomb, which won three NIT...

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Notre Dame players back up their coach

Now that unranked Notre Dame is off to an impressive 1-0 start, let’s give head coach Brian Kelly some straight-talk credit.The coach on the hot seat following a 4-8 season didn’t fall back on the usual coach-speak of wishing for more practice days to be ready...

Three academy bowl teams overlap with history

Three academy bowl teams overlap with history

It’s momentous for Army, Navy and Air Force to all earn bowl bids this season. It’s only the second time, and it points to Army rising to a level among Navy and Air Force to flirt with top-25 rankings.This picture of service-academy success is also marked by a dark historical...

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Zay Jones earns trip to New York at Waldorf

Isaiah “Zay” Jones and his East Carolina teammates missed out on a bowl game, but the senior wide receiver did his best to earn a trip with NCAA records for receptions in a season and a career.He won’t be invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation on Dec. 10 in New York, although...

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Navy and Temple coaches ruled AAC over Herman

Temple’s Matt Ruhle is young enough that he may leave when the time is right, but give the 41-year-old head coach credit for returning to the Owls and guiding the Philadelphia school to a second straight AAC East football title.Navy’s  is still young enough at 51 to move on...

McCartney patron saint of Doeren and others

McCartney patron saint of Doeren and others

College football’s netherworld includes a graveyard for coaches fired after a short tenure. They started digging a hole this week for Charlie Strong, who apparently is about to be canned after only three years at Texas.Outside the gates of that netherworld stands a statue of...