Michigan State wraps up deep and talented Big Ten East
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Michigan State wraps up deep and talented Big Ten East

Spartans beat Penn State to earn berth again Iowa in Big Ten Championship

Photo: Connor Cook and the Spartans celebrate their Big Ten East title

Spartan Stadium was again the “place to be” for Saturday’s final week of the Big Ten regular season.

Those were the words Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio offered in September. They followed a win over Oregon that lifted the Spartans into the national title conversation on the same day that Michigan and Ohio State played nondescript games; Michigan beat hapless Oregon State in Ann Arbor and Ohio State needed time to put away pathetic Hawaii in Columbus. ... 



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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."