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The story behind Spartans wearing Gus patch

The story behind Spartans wearing Gus patch

The “Gus” patch adorning Michigan State’s basketball jerseys have represented the indomitable character of Gus Ganakas. The team has stitched the spirit of the late Spartans coach to their Final Four run. The patch’s story is one that the CBS TV crews have failed to properly...

Kenny Goins and his road to the Final Four

Kenny Goins and his road to the Final Four

Tom Izzo enriches the Michigan State basketball program's history with season awards named for former players and coaches. It is one way the Basketball Hall of Fame coach connects the past to the present and into the future. Johnny Green, who led the Spartans...

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Shakespeare’s happy endings were his romance plays. The storylines moved with comedic and tragic turns, but an uplifting denouement separated those works from others. So what would Shakespeare write about the life of Gus Ganakas? The former Michigan State coach, who passed away...

Looking back at Coach K and early lesson learned at Jenison

Looking back at Coach K and early lesson learned at Jenison

The first time I saw Mike Krzyzewski coaching was 40 years ago, but I was unaware of the moment.On a fateful Jan. 4, 1975 afternoon at Michigan State's Jenison Fieldhouse, nobody was aware how to spell or pronounce his name unless they were an Army basketball fan in the late...

Michigan State playing before Jud in NCAA

Michigan State playing before Jud in NCAA

Michigan State is playing in Jud Heathcote’s backyard for the Spartans’ opening game of the NCAA tournament for the second time in five years, but he’s more worried about the blame than credit.When the unveiled NCAA bracket revealed the Spartans were scheduled to play Delaware...