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Hall of Famer Clinton Jones returns to Waldorf Astoria

Hall of Famer Clinton Jones returns to Waldorf Astoria

Clinton Jones dressed in a tuxedo 49 years ago for his first invitation to the Waldorf Astoria’s august ballroom in New York. He represented the Spartans as a two-time Michigan State All-American halfback three weeks after the 1966 Game of the Century. He’s been invited back for...

Clinton Jones named to College Football Hall of Fame

Clinton Jones named to College Football Hall of Fame

Here is the press release from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame that announced Michigan State two-time All-American halfback Clinton Jones as a member of the Hall of Fame Class of 2015. He will be enshrined with the class on Dec. 8 at the...

Hawaiian Pipeline legacy enjoys Heisman view

Hawaiian Pipeline legacy enjoys Heisman view

Charles “Kale” Ane knows the look of a Heisman Trophy candidate. He faced enough of them as Michigan State’s starting center from 1972 to 1974 upon legendary coach Duffy Daugherty recruiting him through his famed Hawaiian Pipeline. Among them were Ohio State running back...

Explaining Big Ten Bashing and SEC Schadenfreude

Explaining Big Ten Bashing and SEC Schadenfreude

Big Ten Bashing throughout the nation has been replaced by Schadenfreude directed at the Southeastern Conference. The German word for “happiness at the misfortune of others” extends to all corners of the country tired of hearing about the mighty SEC through its effective public...

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

The frame of reference of today’s college football players dates merely two decades, meaning it is not necessarily unusual to see African-American Ruffin McNeal lead East Carolina into a bowl game as the Pirates’ head coach.But such a moment is significant when it's the...

LA Times story on Bob Apisa and Marcus Mariota

LA Times story on Bob Apisa and Marcus Mariota

Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Dywre wrote about the kindred spirit as Hawaiians and Samoans between Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and Bob Apisa, the first Samoan All-American as a fullback at Michigan State recruited on Duffy Daugherty's Hawaiian Pipeline. Click here...

Monty Montezuma inspired Florida State mascot

Monty Montezuma inspired Florida State mascot

Florida State’s Chief Osceola and Renegade are back where they born on Southern California turf 37 years ago when the Seminoles meet Oregon Thursday in a Rose Bowl that serves as a semifinal game of the first College Football Playoff. All that is missing from the reunion is...

McNeill remains grateful for Dantonio endorsement

McNeill remains grateful for Dantonio endorsement

The 2010 Alamo Bowl crowd roared, the Texas Tech band played and bodies swirled around Red Raiders interim head coach Ruffin McNeill and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio at midfield following the 2009 season’s bowl game played in San Antonio. Yet McNeill remembers a...

Texas key stop on Michigan State Underground Railroad

Texas key stop on Michigan State Underground Railroad

Thanks to Rick Gosselin for Twitter post on Raye of LightTweetDMN: Rick Gosselin's story on Gene Washington and Underground Railroad-30-

Harbaugh demonstrated his good guy side with McNeill

Harbaugh demonstrated his good guy side with McNeill

One of the hottest stories in college and pro football is speculation on where Jim Harbaugh will land next with his coaching whistle. The narrative is he’s again worn out his welcome, and the San Francisco 49ers are about to fire him after three years of success – including one...