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Matau adds chapter to Polynesian football

Matau adds chapter to Polynesian football

GREENVILLE, N.C. – The better Christian Matau plays this year, the more the East Carolina center will need to study Polynesian football history.He was named to the watch list for the Polynesian Football Player of the Year Award that is named Dec. 7 and presented Jan. 20 at the...

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

The story of Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship football teams will be told in documentary form later this month in Traverse City."Men of Sparta," a film by former MSU fullback and Hollywood actor Bob Apisa, will debut July 31 at the Traverse City Film Festival....

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Two-time All-Americans George Webster,...

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

SEC and ACC football coaches who are howling over Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s upcoming spring football practices in Florida should be reminded there is precedent for a Big Ten school traveling to the South to enhance recruiting.The difference between now and then is when...

Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

NEW YORK – Please indulge me for another story about the College Football Hall of Fame from the 58th annual National Football Foundation dinner on Dec. 8 at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It’s part of a bucket list, but more on that later.Michigan State two-time All-American...

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

NEW YORK – Michigan State two-time All-American halfback Clinton Jones returned to the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday for the first time in 49 years.He traveled there as a national champion in 1966, and as a College Football Hall of Famer this year.Click here for the rest of my...

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State began the season knocking on the door to the national title with a ranking as high as No. 2 five weeks into the season. The injury-riddled Spartans slipped to No. 9, but they are still in position if they manage an upset Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State.For the he...

Eric Allen career also marked end of sad era in college football

Eric Allen career also marked end of sad era in college football

Eric Allen’s obituaries, typical of ones on athletes, started out noting his records and All-American stature as a Michigan State running back. Then they included vitals such of his age, 66, and that he had been in poor health at hospice in his hometown of Georgetown, S.C., until...

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the USC-Alabama game that grew into mythical proportions long after it was played Sept. 12, 1970.The enduring myth is Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant made a calculated move inviting USC as the first integrated team to play at Legion Field in...

MSU Orange County Alumni Club hosts Jones and Apisa

MSU Orange County Alumni Club hosts Jones and Apisa

Michigan State two-time All-American backs Clinton Jones and Bob Apisa will gather with the Michigan State Alumni Club of Orange County on Sept. 2 at Cruisers Pizza Bar and Grill in Newport Beach, Calif. Jones, a halfback from Cleveland, will be enshrined in the College Football...