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Rooney Rule vs NFL Symposium

Rooney Rule vs NFL Symposium

Click here: This story is the Epilogue chapter from the book Raye of LightRaye of Light with Foreword by Tony Dungy  ...

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Tony Dungy thanks Jimmy Raye and other pioneers

Jimmy Raye coached 37 years in the NFL. He worked for 10 different teams and helped several players get to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had never been to Canton, Ohio, for an enshrinement ceremony until last weekend.Sitting in the crowd, he listened as former Bucs coach...

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Click here for July 31 Free Press story on Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film FestivalA decade ago Michigan State’s aging players — aka the ‘Men of Sparta’ — gathered in a lounge at Spartan Stadium for the 40th anniversary of their 1966 Game of the Century with Notre Dame.George...

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

The story of Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship football teams will be told in documentary form later this month in Traverse City."Men of Sparta," a film by former MSU fullback and Hollywood actor Bob Apisa, will debut July 31 at the Traverse City Film Festival....

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Two-time All-Americans George Webster,...

Jimmy Raye works with Connor Cook preparing for draft

Jimmy Raye works with Connor Cook preparing for draft

NOTE: Jimmy Raye was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title when the Spartans and Notre Dame played to a 10-10 in the 1966 Game of the Century. The National Football Foundation presented the MacArthur Bowl to the Spartans and Irish as national co-champions....

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

SEC and ACC football coaches who are howling over Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s upcoming spring football practices in Florida should be reminded there is precedent for a Big Ten school traveling to the South to enhance recruiting.The difference between now and then is when...

Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Michigan State is chasing its first national title since 1966 thanks to the “The Drive”.With that bond between the 2015 and 1966 Spartans, this is a good time to tell you about “the drive”. The lower case letters are intentional because not all drives are treated the same by...

Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

Hall of Fame honors Clinton Jones who in turn honors Michigan State

NEW YORK – Please indulge me for another story about the College Football Hall of Fame from the 58th annual National Football Foundation dinner on Dec. 8 at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. It’s part of a bucket list, but more on that later.Michigan State two-time All-American...

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

NEW YORK – Michigan State two-time All-American halfback Clinton Jones returned to the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday for the first time in 49 years.He traveled there as a national champion in 1966, and as a College Football Hall of Famer this year.Click here for the rest of my...