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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...