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A West Point officer a Big Rapids coach and Army football

A West Point officer a Big Rapids coach and Army football

No annual sports event is bigger to a West Point or Annapolis graduate than the Army-Navy Game with its unique pageantry and history that is played for the 115th time on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. For retired U.S. Army Colonel Rick Steinke, a Big Rapids High...

Kelly and Army seniors take last shot at Navy

Kelly and Army seniors take last shot at Navy

Best-selling author John Feinstein wrote in his 1997 book “Army vs. Navy, A Civil War” that the Army-Navy Game is classic everyone should see once in their life. Once you’ve crossed off that item on your bucket list, your left feeling gratified with the experience but later...

Roaf witnesses America through football and education

Roaf witnesses America through football and education

Clifton Roaf's life spans the best and worst America has to offer. He grew up in the segregated South in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was a teenager at all-black Merrill High when historic Civil Rights events unfolded in 1957 at nearby Little Rock, where President Eisenhower sent U.S....

Michigan football fans need perspective

Michigan football fans need perspective

It’s tough to pinpoint, but somewhere along the line Michigan fans turned as nutty as the zealots of Alabama football and Kentucky basketball. Michigan has one of the best football coaches in the country in Brady Hoke, but fans are turning up the heat as he prepares for his...

Former Harbaugh player expects him to coach Michigan someday

Former Harbaugh player expects him to coach Michigan someday

J.T. Rogan knows the contentious side of Jim Harbaugh and the competitive side. He knows the prickly coach as well as he will let anyone get to know him. Rogan played running back for Harbaugh at the University of San Diego and coached under him at Stanford. More importantly for...

Nebraska football lives in Osborne lost fantasy world

Nebraska football lives in Osborne lost fantasy world

Unreality finally caught up to Nebraska. The Cornhuskers faithful are unable to accept reality that the halcyon days of Tom Osborne in the 1990s – national titles in 1994, 1995 and 1997 -- will never return. And so Bo Pelini was fired on Sunday, two days after his team won a...

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...

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...

Duffy called QB option for final upset of Ohio State in 1972

Duffy called QB option for final upset of Ohio State in 1972

Forty-plus years later it’s a moment Michigan State’s 1972 football team can celebrate despite an otherwise underachieving season that turned out to be their College Hall of Fame coach’s final season. The Spartans finished with a 5-5-1 record, but when the record had slipped to...

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

In this age of social media you would think Kyler Elsworth and Nay Thornhill would have talked by now. Elsworth is the Michigan State’s Rose Bowl Defensive MVP from the 2013 the New Year’s Day win over Stanford in Pasadena. Nay is the younger brother of the late Charlie “Mad...