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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....

Lacey and Magic tale of knight in Spartan Armor

Lacey and Magic tale of knight in Spartan Armor

Maybe you’ve seen the recent TV ads with Magic Johnson as he encourages uninformed Americans to sign up by the March 31 deadline for the Health Insurance Marketplace. But would you believe there is a Michigan State basketball figure that could top Magic as a more profound...

Hoop stars need to listen to Magic and Sir Charles

Hoop stars need to listen to Magic and Sir Charles

Thank you, Magic and Sir Charles. Now if only young college basketball stars will listen to you instead of agents, shoe company representatives and recruiting services.With the first week of the NCAA basketball tournament in the books, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley...

Stern was along for the ride with Magic and Bird

Stern was along for the ride with Magic and Bird

I saw where Donald Stern said he has “a lot of thank you notes to send out” now that he’s officially retired on Saturday as the NBA’s commissioner after 30 years.Well, the man who earned a reported $20-plus million a year can start by writing a hefty donation check to the Magic...