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Raye named to Michigan State Hall of Fame

Raye named to Michigan State Hall of Fame

Jimmy Raye placed his first phone call upon learning he was named to Michigan State’s Hall of Fame to his old teammate and dear friend, Bob Apisa. Only a year earlier they played the other’s role on a phone call. “We shared a good cry together -- two 70-year-old men,” said Raye,...

Freep Film Festival and Underground Railroad

Freep Film Festival and Underground Railroad

No school did more for the integration of college football than Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. The full story is told in Raye of Light. The book's foreword was written by Tony Dungy.Video of Detroit Free Press columnist Shawn Windsor...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

My appearance on The Drive with Jack

My appearance on The Drive with Jack

The case for Duffy Daugherty and the Medal of FreedomMy appearance the Drive with Jack and Paul DavisMy segment discussing Raye of Light and Duffy Daugherty's impact on college football begins 1:31 into the program.* * *I invite you to follow me on Twitter @shanny4055Tom...

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 and Notre Dame celebration

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that rings out for 50 as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gathering. This will be the first...

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...

WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

Michigan State's Jim Proebstle, a tight end on the Spartans' 1965 national championship team, appeared on July 27 with Adam Gold on WRAL The Fan. They discussed the latest CTE news. Jim wrote a book, Unintended Impact, on how his older brother, Dick Proebstle, suffered from CTE...

Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...