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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...

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...

ESPN credits Duffy and Underground Railroad

ESPN credits Duffy and Underground Railroad

#DUFFY Forty-four Michigan State Underground Railroad facts--- Why do I write so much debunking the myths and fiction surrounding Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabam game? The answer is simple: History has failed to properly credit College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy...

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

--- Why do I write so much debunking the myths and fiction surrounding Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabam game? The answer is simple: History has failed to properly credit College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty and his Michigan State Underground Railroad teams for...

Underground Railroad travels sesquicentennial

Underground Railroad travels sesquicentennial

A uniquely American sport celebrates its sesquicentennial this season. College football's growth over the 150 years since Rutgers beat Princeton on Nov. 6, 1869, quickly spread sea to sea and halfway across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.The game learned to adapt to the times,...

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

Excerpts taken from Raye of Light, Chapter 10: The Missing Heisman.Click here to purchase Raye of Light from August PublicationsMichigan State football legend George Webster was Zion Williamson before Zion Williamson was Duke’s basketball wunderkind. Their stories are a...

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Nizaire Cromartie presented himself to Army and Navy as an easy target on the football recruiting trail. The academies seek guys like him -- undersized athletes carrying a chip on their shoulder to prove they can mature into a Division I player. Cromartie, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound...

Black History Month story from The Athletic

Black History Month story from The Athletic

Thanks to The Athletic for a story on Jimmy Raye and citing "Raye of Light."EAST LANSING, Mich. — The lobby of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts is buzzing on this late-September evening. Cameras are flickering in the near background. Chatter is building with each passing...

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Three twitter posts I read in succession were unrelated unless placed in the context of Black History Month. One was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the other two about the Texas Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In general, they were reminders...

Georgian follows opportunity trail to Ferris

Georgian follows opportunity trail to Ferris

College football mines hundreds of prospects from the talent-rich South, where the sport is religion, to play for northern schools at all levels. An experience on their own attracts some. Others were overlooked by schools closer to home. Adrian Green of Cedar Grove High in...