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Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Three twitter posts I read in succession were unrelated unless placed in the context of Black History Month. One was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the other two about the Texas Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In general, they were reminders...

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

The coaching DNA linking New England head coach Bill Belichick and his father Steve, a respected 34-year Navy assistant, are retold with every Patriots Super Bowl trip. But the Belichick family has company this week in Atlanta. Sean McVay, who has taken the Los Angeles Rams to...

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

Thanks to The State News and Jonathan LeBlanc for a great story on Jimmy Raye's Michigan State Hall of Fame induction and Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. As a State News alum (sports editor, 1978) fun to be a part of the story. Great fun back on campus visiting old...

Here is what George Webster would have said

Here is what George Webster would have said

What would George say?How might the late George Webster, a Michigan State College Football Hall of Fame linebacker/safety on the 1965 and 1966 national championship teams, have viewed Jon Reschke re-joining the Spartans following a racially charged text?Michigan State’s...

Greatest comeback Spartans fans never saw

Greatest comeback Spartans fans never saw

The 1966 season is remembered for the Game of the Century with Notre Dame played as a quasi-national championship played on Nov. 19, 1966 before a record crowd of 80,031 at Spartan Stadium and unprecedented national television audience. The teams played to a 10-10 and finished...

Red Cedar film showing Wednesday on campus

Red Cedar film showing Wednesday on campus

Maya Washington, the daughter of Michigan State College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington, is showing her  independent film “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar” for the first time on campus this week. The showing at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Wells Hall Room...

The 1967 NFL Draft that changed face of the league

The 1967 NFL Draft that changed face of the league

A half-century ago the NFL Draft was so low key and simple NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle stood at a chalkboard in a New York hotel ballroom. He scrawled names in chalk as they were called out.The overwhelming anticipation hovering over the draft was not who would go where. It was...

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...

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Some sad news on the passing of a Michigan State football pioneer. My research for book Raye of Light revealed he was the first passenger on Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad. He was very proud of that, and I was proud to meet him and make him a key figure in...

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Duffy Daugherty rolled over in his grave. Bubba Smith, George Webster and Charlie Thornhill huddled above and wept as they looked down.The College Football Hall of Fame coach and the legendary players he recruited from the segregated South to Michigan State had to be...