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MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago at Chapel Hill

MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago at Chapel Hill

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”    ...

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Some of the highest praise in the coaching profession for Jimmy Raye is offered by former Texas coach Fred Akers, an unlikely source considering their backgrounds. They grew up on opposite sides of segregation as athletes and later as young coaches, but their paths did cross in...

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...

Michigan State homecoming for Hawaiian Pipeline father and son

Michigan State homecoming for Hawaiian Pipeline father and son

Tim Kamana grew up donning the green-and-white of his father’s alma mater on fall Saturdays as they watched Michigan State football from paradise five time zones away. He could only imagine as a kid who lived in Hawaii the emotions of running out of the Spartan Stadium...

Football newcomer Johnson climbs learning curve at Army

Football newcomer Johnson climbs learning curve at Army

Among the issues battering the NFL Shield in recent days and years have been safety concerns surrounding concussions and other injuries that have debilitated former players at an early age. The league and groups such as USA Football have responded by implementing education and...

SDSU Super fan with nations longest streak visits Kenan

SDSU Super fan with nations longest streak visits Kenan

San Diego State brings to North Carolina’s ACC college football atmosphere Saturday afternoon at Kenan Stadium more than a West Coast flavor. The Aztecs have reserved a seat – as they have every game dating to 1964 -- for their Super Fan, Tom Ables. Their 88-year-old alumnus has...

Michigan State QB Cook learns and reads like a pro

Michigan State QB Cook learns and reads like a pro

Quarterbacks who annually migrate to the San Diego in the winter and spring to work with renowned guru George Whitfield often are those from college spread offenses. They need instruction to adapt pro-style skills they can demonstrate to NFL scouts. Whitfield’s...

Doeren key at NC State is finding quarterbacks

Doeren key at NC State is finding quarterbacks

We know by now second-year North Carolina State football coach Dave Doeren can find quarterbacks. After all, finding lightly recruited Jordan Lynch at Northern Illinois landed him in a power conference with the N.C. State job. Doeren developed Lynch into a Heisman Trophy...

Clinton Jones overdue for College Football Hall of Fame

Clinton Jones overdue for College Football Hall of Fame

Michigan State football fans rejoiced for two reasons last May when Percy Snow was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame:The 1989 Butkus Award and Lombardi Award winner as a senior in and 1988 Rose Bowl MVP (1987 season) earned enshrinement in the Hall.Snow’s election and...

Michigan State takes page from Stanford in Rose Bowl

Michigan State takes page from Stanford in Rose Bowl

The irony of the 100th Rose Bowl turned out that Michigan State defeated Stanford, a team making its fourth straight BCS bowl trip, at its own game. Stanford’s defense philosophy, first employed on The Farm by Jim Harbaugh and continued by David Shaw when he succeeded his boss...