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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...

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

Nevermore national titles at Notre Dame

On the same day Notre Dame and the ACC extended their agreement through 2037, coincidentally I re-read “The Raven.” English teachers will be happy to know I mean Edgar Allan Poe’s haunting Raven — not the Baltimore Ravens.With apologies to the great poet from Baltimore, allow me...

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario...

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

To understand how the Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century was unlike any other with the grand moniker, start with the collective talent that fueled the chilly afternoon on November 19, 1966.Then move on to the controversial 10-10 tie. ... Click here for the rest of...

Game of Century rivals are respected friends

Game of Century rivals are respected friends

A half-century after the final whistle, the Notre Dame and Michigan State players no longer feel compelled to debate the final moments of their 1966 Game of the Century. They like their place in history despite the controversial 10-10 tie.There certainly was acrimony afterward,...

The Biggest Game of the Them All

The Biggest Game of the Them All

This is part of series leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during homecoming week on Oct....

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Hawaii coaching tree is sprouting

Miami – Ohio, not Florida – once widely enjoyed a college football reputation as the “Cradle of Coaches.”That was especially true in the 1970s, when three perennial national title contenders were directed by former Miami head coaches: Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, who was Miami’s...

Duffy spelled out national playoff in his 1974 book

Duffy spelled out national playoff in his 1974 book

Prophetic Duffy Daugherty must be shaking his head with an “I told you so” grin as he looks down upon the college football world’s big night. The College Football Hall of Famer from his 19 seasons as Michigan State’s head coach is no doubt perched atop a Hawaiian Rainbow...

No small roles in the Game of the Century

No small roles in the Game of the Century

In real life, Mike Burgener is a former Marine that plays a teacher and a coach at Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista. He's also a USA Weightlifting coach.His students can’t comprehend this, but in college football history he played a small role in the 1966 Game of the...