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Man of Sparta blazed trail for Polynesian football players

Man of Sparta blazed trail for Polynesian football players

My interview began with a question for Bob Apisa following news he was named a finalist for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s second class. The inductees will be announced on Oct. 8 and enshrined on Jan. 24 in Hawaii during the NFL’s Pro Bowl weekend. Apisa was the first...

NCAA must continue focus on football safety

NCAA must continue focus on football safety

Jim Proebstle, a Michigan State tight end on the Spartans' 1965 UPI national championship team, is the author of "Unintended Impact." He is uniquely qualified to comment on football concussions and CTE  dimentia. He not only played the game, his brother, Dick Proebstle, a...

Notre Dame recruiting better than expected

Notre Dame recruiting better than expected

At the same time Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly tries to reassure his 2018 recruiting targets there are bright days ahead, he finds himself on the hot seat.The obstacles his sales pitch must overcome include last fall’s 4-8 record. The preseason No. 10-ranked Irish dropped out of...

This is how diversity is supposed to work

This is how diversity is supposed to work

When Butler chose its new basketball coach, the candidate pool included a former Bulldogs assistant. Two days later, newly named Oklahoma football coach Lincoln Riley added his former boss at East Carolina to his Sooners’ staff.There’s nothing unusual about last week’s separate...

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

The wonder of history is an untold story always surfaces years later. Tommy Graves, Michigan State’s All-Big Ten second-team safety as a 1974 freshman that was robbed of future greatness by knee injuries, tells one 40 years later. It's about the Spartans’ monumental 16-13 upset...

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

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