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Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

In this age of social media you would think Kyler Elsworth and Nay Thornhill would have talked by now. Elsworth is the Michigan State’s Rose Bowl Defensive MVP from the 2013 the New Year’s Day win over Stanford in Pasadena. Nay is the younger brother of the late Charlie “Mad...

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Some of the highest praise in the coaching profession for Jimmy Raye is offered by former Texas coach Fred Akers, an unlikely source considering their backgrounds. They grew up on opposite sides of segregation as athletes and later as young coaches, but their paths did cross in...

Video Historical Society of Greater Lansing book discussion

Video Historical Society of Greater Lansing book discussion

Click here for link in Lansing's City Pulse on Raye of Light http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-10579-the-integration-of-spartan-nation.html Click on Youtube video below from book discussion, Q and A and book signing at downtown library in Lansing, Mi. Purchase...

Michigan State journalism grad returns homecoming weekend

Michigan State journalism grad returns homecoming weekend

Michigan State journalism graduate Tom Shanahan is featured in this story written for the website of the Michigan State School of Communication Arts and Science. Shanahan appeared on campus on Sept. 22 to speak on his book "Raye of Light" during the homecoming weekend....

MSU Alumni Magazine features Raye of Light excerpt

MSU Alumni Magazine features Raye of Light excerpt

Michigan State Alumni Magazine, Fall 2014 issueRaye of Light was featured in the Michigan State Alumni Magazine fall issue in 2014.

Raye of Light featured at Raleigh Sports Council

Raye of Light featured at Raleigh Sports Council

Jimmy Raye, a pioneer black quarterback at Michigan State and one of the first black coordinators in the NFL, will be the featured speaker at the Raleigh Sports Council quarterly luncheon on April 8 at North Hills Club in Raleigh.   Raye played on Michigan State’s 1965 and...

Taggart visits hallowed ground at Spartan Stadium

Taggart visits hallowed ground at Spartan Stadium

Willie Taggart’s mind will be preoccupied finding a way for USF to steal a football victory from favored Michigan State when the Bulls' new head coach trots onto the field Saturday at Spartan Stadium. But along the way from Taggart's South Florida hiring on Dec. 9 to the...

No small roles in the Game of the Century

No small roles in the Game of the Century

In real life, Mike Burgener is a former Marine that plays a teacher and a coach at Rancho Buena Vista High in Vista. He's also a USA Weightlifting coach.His students can’t comprehend this, but in college football history he played a small role in the 1966 Game of the...