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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...

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...

Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State opens more than another football season with the start of the 2015-16 school year. Mark Dantonio’s football team and Tom Izzo’s basketball program are chasing what I call a third straight “Pat Wilson Double.”You’re wondering, what’s that? ... Click...

Name the only Michigan State Rose Bowl and Final Four participant

Name the only Michigan State Rose Bowl and Final Four participant

Pat Wilson rattled off a long list of multi-sport stars to play for Michigan State. Wilson, a Spartans football and basketball letterman from the 1950s who is 80 and still practicing law in Traverse City, Mi., cited Bob Carey, Jack Breslin, Robin Roberts, Tom Yewcic, Earl...

State News interview on Raye of Light

State News interview on Raye of Light

Thanks to State News sportswriter Matthew Argillander for his story in Michigan State's student newspaper on Raye of Light, a book about the school's leading role in the integration of college football.It brought back fond memories of my days at the State News at the paper's old...

Traverse City Record Eagle story on Raye of Light

Traverse City Record Eagle story on Raye of Light

Thanks to Brett Sommers and the Traverse City Record Eagle for a story on Raye of Light.I always enjoy returning home to northern Michigan in the Lower Peninsula. On this trip, my daughter loved visits to Mackinaw Island and Sleeping Bear Dunes. She also caught her first trout...

The Unintended Impact of concussions

The Unintended Impact of concussions

CTE joined the NFL alphabet largely through the deaths of football legends Mike Webster, Dave Duerson and Junior Seau and a $765 million lawsuit by former players, but fans still possess only limited awareness of concussions. They can gain much more knowledge about Chronic...