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Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

Another reason Cutcliffe has remained at Duke

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke coach David Cutcliffe surveyed the Blue Devils’ recent pro day at Pascal Field House. The pride was palpable. His smile could have bridged the gap that is the school's program before-and-after Cutcliffe’s arrival 10 years ago. Pre-Cutcliffe, Duke won 10 games...

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....

A time to lean on respect Magic helped build

A time to lean on respect Magic helped build

Five-star high school basketball recruit Zion Williamson’s surprise decision last month to join the crowd at Duke was yet another appreciation of Earvin “Magic” Johnson's Michigan State legacy. Johnson's own path established a long-lasting respect for the Spartans' basketball...

Dog Day Afternoon for Michigan

Dog Day Afternoon for Michigan

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Baseball old-timers like to say one of the sport’s charms is you’re likely to see something happen you never saw before in a game.That axiom was validated in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional when North Carolina’s “rally dog” ran onto the field to seemingly spark...

Michigan falls to Florida Gulf Coast in NCAA

Michigan falls to Florida Gulf Coast in NCAA

Florida Gulf Coast baseball coach Dave Tollett called it “the biggest win program history, no question.” And he didn’t feel that way just because it was the Eagles’ first Division I NCAA tournament appearance.The Michigan brand had a lot to do with enjoying the moment....

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

By Tom ShanahanESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich lowered himself to retired Auburn football coach Pat Dye’s pompous level last week while he worked Michigan’s win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor. But that’s not all.Dakich stooped lower with Twitter comments posted prior to...

BYU helped two servings of San Diego bowls

BYU helped two servings of San Diego bowls

San Diego’s Holiday Bowl can thank Brigham Young for its early success, rapid growth and pronounced stature in its 39th year. Now, San Diego is able to pay back BYU at a time when the Cougars need San Diego as much as San Diego needed the school in olden days.The early Holiday...

Michigan and Florida State in odd Orange Bowl

Michigan and Florida State in odd Orange Bowl

Two teams that finished third in their respective conferences’ divisions meet in the Orange Bowl. Michigan and Florida State play on the unholy bowl date of Dec. 30 in a town called Miami Gardens despite an artificial field at Hard Rock Stadium.In the immortal words of Vince...

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

If you think the College Football Playoff committee selecting Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington set off angry debates on terra firma, consider Woody Hayes watching as he sat among the football gods.He threw down in anger his hat with the block O. He searched for...

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

Big Ten balanced far beyond Woody and Bo years

The final weekend of regular season began with seven Big Ten teams contending for at least a share of one of the two division titles and five contending for a berth in the Big Ten Championship game.Iowa quickly whittled down the numbers with a 40-10 upset of No. 16 Nebraska on...