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Winston continues his steps to letting it flow

Winston continues his steps to letting it flow

Cassius Winston is finding his way, painful step by step, to let it go, to let if flow. The hurt over his brother Zachary taking his life on Nov. 9 will always be with him and his family -- younger brother Khy and parents Reggie and Wendi. How they move forward, letting go of...

Waves of support flow over Winston in Maui

Waves of support flow over Winston in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Cassius Winston’s struggle to return to normalcy continues while he shoulders leading one of the nation’s best basketball teams playing a schedule spanning the East Coast to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.Each day, each game, he is struggling along with his...

UCLA using Michigan State as rebuilding model

UCLA using Michigan State as rebuilding model

By TOM SHANAHAN LAHAINA, Hawaii – Oh, how some college basketball identities have flip-flopped the past quarter-century since Tom Izzo took over Michigan State’s basketball program during the same 1995-96, one year after UCLA won its last national title. The great Bill Walton,...

Izzo says Aaron Henry healthy for Maui test

Izzo says Aaron Henry healthy for Maui test

By TOM SHANAHANLAHAINA, Hawaii – As the eight coaches participating in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational took their seats upon an outdoor dais with a Pacific Ocean backdrop at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, tournament director Dave Odom asked them to don their Jim Maui...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

My Free Press story on Isaia and recruiting

My Free Press story on Isaia and recruiting

Jacob Isaia represents a new generation of college football recruits. The Michigan State commit used a modern method to handle exciting and puzzling experiences dealing with prospective coaches, programs and the media.Click here for link to the Detroit Free Press...

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

Name college basketball’s greatest coach: UCLA’s John Wooden or Duke’s Mike Krzyzrewski? It’s a debate with no definitive answer.The Wizard of Westwood’s supporters cite 10 NCAA titles in 12 years (1964-1975). Coach K’s backers note five national titles spanning three decades...

Indiana is way out of UCLA for Steve Alford

Indiana is way out of UCLA for Steve Alford

Indiana wasted no time firing Tom Crean. All that’s needed for the Archie Miller Sweepstakes to begin is for Dayton’s season to end in the NCAA Tournament.One day after the injury-riddled Hoosiers lost to Georgia Tech in the NIT – and, by the way, one year after Indiana won the...

Bruce Walton on his brother Bill and football

Bruce Walton on his brother Bill and football

Now that Bill Walton is back to analyzing college basketball following his foray into football commentary for the recent Clemson-Alabama national championship game, we need to hear from the gridiron expert of the Walton family. What were Bruce Walton’s thoughts on his “little”...