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Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Jacob Isaia first traveled to Spartan Stadium as a sixth-grader growing up in Hawaii. His grandfather, Michigan State Hall of Famer Bob Apisa, brought him to a 2011 game that left a memorable impression.Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary touchdown pass to Keith Nichol upset unbeaten and No....

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...

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

Martin Luther King Jr. visited Michigan State University’s campus in East Lansing on February 11, 1965 and spoke to a full house of 4,000 that greeted him with a standing ovation at The Auditorium. Only two months earlier King had accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo,...

My 1989 story on Junior Seau and his All American season

My 1989 story on Junior Seau and his All American season

My look back at Junior Seau. He will be the first Samoan enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio. I plan to post another story soon with my memories of Junior and thoughts on his brain damage from concussions and his death.Nov. 17, 1989, San Diego...

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

One clear edge Coach K has on the Wizard

Name college basketball’s greatest coach: UCLA’s John Wooden or Duke’s Mike Krzyzrewski? It’s a debate with no definitive answer.The Wizard of Westwood’s supporters cite 10 NCAA titles in 12 years (1964-1975). Coach K’s backers note five national titles spanning three decades...

Ferris State hired Smith with Michigan State blueprint dreams

Ferris State hired Smith with Michigan State blueprint dreams

The Michigan State Mafia was an affectionate term for the number of assistants Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty placed in jobs around the country in their time as Spartans head coaches – Munn from 1947 to 1953 and Daugherty 1954 to 1972. Men such as Earle Edwards were named the...