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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

Duffy Daugherty retired 47 seasons ago with 109 Michigan State career victories, a school record outlasting eight coaching changes. But the win total long identified with the College Football Hall of Famer is about to fall -- as early as 2019’s third game. Mark Dantonio stands...

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...

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

Thanks to The State News and Jonathan LeBlanc for a great story on Jimmy Raye's Michigan State Hall of Fame induction and Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. As a State News alum (sports editor, 1978) fun to be a part of the story. Great fun back on campus visiting old...

My appearance with Al Martin on WKAR

My appearance with Al Martin on WKAR

Thanks to Al Martin at WKAR for having me on his show, Current Sports. We discussed Jimmy Raye's induction into the Michigan State Hall of Fame and his legacy as the South's first black quarterback to win a national title and how he carried Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad...