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ACC/Big Ten Challenge renews Irish and Spartans in historic hoops rivalry

Photo: Michigan State at Notre Dame in 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is a made-for-TV event, but the 19th annual basketball conference rivalry is a nod to history that deserves a fist bump. Notre Dame and Michigan State revive neglected tradition when the schools meet in a date to be announced.

For decades, the Irish and Spartans played a series that was among the longest running at the Midwestern campuses located 158 miles apart. They met 94 times between 1908 and 1975. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has 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 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter 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

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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