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Cassius Winston is bullish on legacy stocks

Cassius Winston is bullish on legacy stocks

Cassius Winston’s legacy stock is up. Way up. His NBA prospects determine future financial stocks, but his pro career can only enhance his Michigan State legacy. That was secured once he announced on Friday his senior year return for another NCAA title shot. He has a chance to...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

The story behind Spartans wearing Gus patch

The story behind Spartans wearing Gus patch

The “Gus” patch adorning Michigan State’s basketball jerseys have represented the indomitable character of Gus Ganakas. The team has stitched the spirit of the late Spartans coach to their Final Four run. The patch’s story is one that the CBS TV crews have failed to properly...

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...

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

A Michigan State fifth-year senior and an Auburn junior slew a pair of NBA Combine team dragons, leaving Duke and Kentucky short of an NCAA title – not to mention a Final Four – a fourth straight year. Experience still matters most in college basketball. Michigan State’s Kenny...

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

George was Zion before Zion became Zeus

Excerpts taken from Raye of Light, Chapter 10: The Missing Heisman.Click here to purchase Raye of Light from August PublicationsMichigan State football legend George Webster was Zion Williamson before Zion Williamson was Duke’s basketball wunderkind. Their stories are a...

Yooper succeeds where hillbilly fell short

Yooper succeeds where hillbilly fell short

Anytime Michigan State crosses paths with LSU or Alabama, Nick Saban’s name comes up. That's true even when the subject is basketball as it was this week in Washington, D.C.. Michigan State's second-seeded team faces No. 3-seed LSU in an NCAA Tournament’s Sweet Sixteen game...

Izzo outlasts another Big Ten coaching victim

Izzo outlasts another Big Ten coaching victim

49 and counting. I wondered about a number representing Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo's success and stability spanning 24 seasons. A total besides his 22 straight NCAA trips in 24 seasons, seven Final Fours, nine Elite Eights, 14 Sweet Sixteens, nine Big Ten...

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Nizaire Cromartie presented himself to Army and Navy as an easy target on the football recruiting trail. The academies seek guys like him -- undersized athletes carrying a chip on their shoulder to prove they can mature into a Division I player. Cromartie, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound...

Newell and Heathcote had own Izzo moments

Newell and Heathcote had own Izzo moments

L’Affaire Izzo erupted in the French-named city of Des Moines, but only casual fans viewed the flashpoint moment as abnormal during Michigan State's victory over Bradley Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament victory. Tom Izzo often snarls his teeth and strains...