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George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

Excerpts taken from Raye of Light, Chapter 10: The Missing Heisman.Click here to purchase Raye of Light from August PublicationsMichigan State football legend George Webster was Zion Williamson before Zion Williamson was Duke’s basketball wunderkind. Their stories are a...

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Nizaire Cromartie presented himself to Army and Navy as an easy target on the football recruiting trail. The academies seek guys like him -- undersized athletes carrying a chip on their shoulder to prove they can mature into a Division I player. Cromartie, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound...

Black History Month story from The Athletic

Black History Month story from The Athletic

Thanks to The Athletic for a story on Jimmy Raye and citing "Raye of Light."EAST LANSING, Mich. — The lobby of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts is buzzing on this late-September evening. Cameras are flickering in the near background. Chatter is building with each passing...

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...

Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Jimmy Raye was a guest on Martin Luther King Day on The Drive with Jack and Tom on their sports talk radio show in Lansing.Raye, enshrined in the Michigan State Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018, was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title. He was...

Ernest Green as homecoming grand marshal

Ernest Green as homecoming grand marshal

NOTE: Michigan State president John Hannah did much more than provide Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty the backing that established Michigan State as the college football leader of the integration. Hannah brought Ernest Green, a Little Rock Nine graduate, to Michigan State with a...

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...

Michigan State history to celebrate and copy

Michigan State history to celebrate and copy

Hall of Fame class inductions at any level are special moments. They reconnect athletes as well as fans with their youth, but Michigan State’s Class of 2018 also represents an extension to the school’s pioneering history. America has a complicated past with race relations, but...

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...