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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...

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

“When did we get to the point all people care about is money? … When did we get to the point we’ve got clowns on television saying, ‘Oh, don’t play.’ That’s what you do. That’s what we do. We play basketball. … I get so mad when people act like money is the only thing that...

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

There are no more Magic Johnsons in college basketball. That has been my thought the past decade while watching one-and-done college prospects follow each other like lemmings to the same two schools, Duke or Kentucky. Their paths are considered the easiest to an NCAA title, even...

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...

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is a made-for-TV event, but the 19th annual basketball conference rivalry is a nod to history that deserves a fist bump. Notre Dame and Michigan State revive neglected tradition when the schools meet in a date to be announced.For decades, the Irish and...

Gottfried believes Dennis Smith best guard in nation

Gottfried believes Dennis Smith best guard in nation

Six years ago at the start of the 2010-’11 season, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski declared unequivocally that Kyrie Irving was his starting point guard. He considered him one of the best players in the nation.Irving didn’t disappoint. ... Click here for the rest of my Today's U...

Izzo embraces the Heathcote Way as the Spartan Way

Izzo embraces the Heathcote Way as the Spartan Way

Jud Heathcote’s milestones on Planet Basketball now include two former All-Americans identified as philanthropists. That’s the depth of the 88-year-old College Basketball Hall of Fame coach’s influence on the Michigan State program.In October, five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson...

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Anyone with a child learns the Sesame Street-style quiz. This one regards the Final Four basketball teams gathering this weekend in Indianapolis to decide the NCAA championship.Which one of these doesn’t fit?Duke basketball coach Mike KrzyzewskiMike Kryzewski is in his 35th year...

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

The Magical First Fan of Michigan State

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The “First” anything is usually a presidential designation -- but not at Michigan State, the alma mater of Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Michigan State’s “First Fan” traveled to Charlotte last weekend to urge on the Spartans’ basketball team throughout their two...

Robinson influenced his neighborhood

Robinson influenced his neighborhood

Note: Spring training is underway and that means plenty of players are enjoying fat contracts as a result of Curt Flood’s challenge to Major League Baseball’s Reserve clause. It’s long been noted in the media how players didn’t support Flood and how few attended his funeral....