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Rogers threw Michigan State for a loop

Rogers threw Michigan State for a loop

So close yet so far. That always has been my first Darryl Rogers thought when recalling his arrival from California. He brought a progressive brand of football to rebuild Michigan State before his abrupt departure just four years later. He came so close to returning the...

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

More on Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

“The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.” – Mark Twain By Tom Shanahan  Let your mind wander for the length of this story to ponder the credible versus incredible. This story is about Willie Roaf, Michigan State and “what if”...

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Reptapping Michigan State and Hawaii roots

Jacob Isaia first traveled to Spartan Stadium as a sixth-grader growing up in Hawaii. His grandfather, Michigan State Hall of Famer Bob Apisa, brought him to a 2011 game that left a memorable impression.Kirk Cousins’ Hail Mary touchdown pass to Keith Nichol upset unbeaten and No....

My appearance on The Drive with Jack

My appearance on The Drive with Jack

The case for Duffy Daugherty and the Medal of FreedomMy appearance the Drive with Jack and Paul DavisMy segment discussing Raye of Light and Duffy Daugherty's impact on college football begins 1:31 into the program.* * *I invite you to follow me on Twitter @shanny4055Tom...

A general with innate West Point leadership

A general with innate West Point leadership

By Tom ShanahanOne game plan remains with X’s and O’s churning through Mark Dantonio’s mind. The Michigan State coach’s football brain and innate leadership that was worthy of a 1974 West Point appointment flipped the Spartans' 3-9 disaster last year to 9-3. He's wrapping up a...

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State Hall of Fame and golden glow

Michigan State's 1960s golden era shines brighter these days. The luminescence, like a firefly’s glow, isn't artificial. It's a result of the MSU Hall-of-Fame committee reaching back to honor previously overlooked special athletes. Football is king, but there is more to the...

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Another Hall of Fame tour for Bob Apisa

Bob Apisa’s Hall of Fame tour continues into 2018.The two-time All-American Michigan State fullback was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Tuesday at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani that is hard by Waikiki Beach in Honolulu.His selection...

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Three Michigan State Hawaiian Pipeline figures and a Spartans quarterback from the 1990s are among 18 finalists for the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2018.Bob Apisa, Charlie Wedemeyer and Thomas Ka’ulukukui are finalists as contributors. Tony Banks, who has Samoan ancestry,...