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Rashaan Salaam remembered with retired number

Rashaan Salaam remembered with retired number

"It means a great deal to the program. Getting to know Rashaan a little bit the last couple years when he was here was good. I just remember his smile. He always had a great smile on his face. He was always really pleasant to talk to. All the guys that played with him and all the...

Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

The basketball gods must need some humor to brighten things up these days. They called Jud Heathcoteto hoop heaven.The retired Michigan State basketball coach who guided the Spartans and Earvin “Magic” Johnson to the 1979 NCAA title had an endless supply of wit. No...

Notre Dame QB commit long on the rise

Notre Dame QB commit long on the rise

A pattern developed early among coaches who evaluated Phil Jurkovec’s quarterback skills. They quickly concluded he possesses talent and presence for the next level.The first to notice was his high school football coach at Pine-Richland in Gibsonia, Pa., 17 miles from...

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

By Tom ShanahanESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich lowered himself to retired Auburn football coach Pat Dye’s pompous level last week while he worked Michigan’s win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor. But that’s not all.Dakich stooped lower with Twitter comments posted prior to...

Walton was a football name before basketball

Walton was a football name before basketball

The Walton surname and basketball remain synonymous from Bill Walton’s Naismith Hall of Fame career, but once there was a time when “Walton” was a football identity in San Diego and at UCLA.Bill Walton is one of basketball’s all-time greats that grew up in the San Diego area. He...

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

Tillman family story better than Snoop Dogg

NOTE: I'm reposting this story I wrote on Jamir Tillman before the 2016 Army-Navy Game. The story was originally published Dec. 9, 2016.Let’s pretend for a moment we live in world that sells the steak instead of the sizzle.Pretend that an educational PBS show can draw better...

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – News surrounding the ACC Network deal with ESPN was dominated quite naturally by its financial impact through football and basketball. They are the revenue sports of college athletics, after all.A cast of ACC officials and ESPN executives with beaming faces...

LT labeled Belichick and his culture eight years ago

LT labeled Belichick and his culture eight years ago

LaDainian Tomlinson got it right the first time regarding Bill Belichick’s character and the culture of the New England Patriots. That was eight years ago. Let’s step back to the 2006 season when Tomlinson was still with the Chargers. San Diego was the No. 1 seed with a...

Dick Vitale and the dumbing down of America

Dick Vitale and the dumbing down of America

Mercifully, another year enduring Dick Vitale broadcasts and wondering how he became famous has wrapped up. He reminds me of the cultural trend known as the dumbing down of America that brought us the Kardashians.Yes, he draws ratings, but does he say anything besides the obvious...

Walton captures American basketball voice

Walton captures American basketball voice

Significant milestones mark the growth of college basketball with prominent announcers riding shotgun. What began as a regional sport broadcast on radio from smoky arenas has evolved to a national stage that allows us to watch games on cable TV from pristine campus arenas. Marty...