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Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Three Michigan State Hawaiian Pipeline figures and a Spartans quarterback from the 1990s are among 18 finalists for the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2018.Bob Apisa, Charlie Wedemeyer and Thomas Ka’ulukukui are finalists as contributors. Tony Banks, who has Samoan ancestry,...

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Some sad news on the passing of a Michigan State football pioneer. My research for book Raye of Light revealed he was the first passenger on Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad. He was very proud of that, and I was proud to meet him and make him a key figure in...

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that rings out for 50 as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gathering. This will be the first...

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Duffy Daugherty rolled over in his grave. Bubba Smith, George Webster and Charlie Thornhill huddled above and wept as they looked down.The College Football Hall of Fame coach and the legendary players he recruited from the segregated South to Michigan State had to be...

Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

NFF invites Gene Washington to roundtable

NFF invites Gene Washington to roundtable

College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington will discuss his journey from segregation to open doors of opportunity at Michigan State at the College Football Hall of Fame for Black History Month.The two-time All-American wide receiver was invited by the National Football...

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...

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading...

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s...