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Another chapter to story of Gideon Smith

Another chapter to story of Gideon Smith

The remarkable story of Gideon Smith has taken him to the footsteps of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.Smith broke barriers throughout his life. He was the first black college football player at two Michigan schools, Ferris State and Michigan...

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...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

Bonzie Colson lifts Notre Dame with return

Bonzie Colson lifts Notre Dame with return

If Bonzie Colson had succumbed to the seductive sirens urging him to declare for the NBA Draft, Notre Dame would have been projected to be a typical Mike Brey basketball team next season.The Irish annually win more games than expected with a veteran roster under their coach, who...

The NFL Draft then and now

The NFL Draft then and now

Pete Rozelle laid the foundation of the NFL goliath we know today with his vision. Yet, not even the late, great commissioner could have foreseen the NFL Draft growing into an annual Oscars-like production.A half-century ago the event was so simple Rozelle stood at a chalkboard...

A look at the Sweet Sixteen

A look at the Sweet Sixteen

Here's a look at the Sweet Sixteen from myself along with FanRag colleagues Matt Zemek, Joseph Nardone and Jon Rothstein.Click here for the rest of my FanRagSports story

Black History panel with Gene Washington

Black History panel with Gene Washington

Michigan State College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington participated on a panel discussion recognizing Black History Month at the College Football Hall of Fame on Feb. 22 at Atlanta. He was joined by College Football Hall of Famers Thom Gatewood of Notre Dame and John...

NFF invites Gene Washington to roundtable

NFF invites Gene Washington to roundtable

College Football Hall of Famer Gene Washington will discuss his journey from segregation to open doors of opportunity at Michigan State at the College Football Hall of Fame for Black History Month.The two-time All-American wide receiver was invited by the National Football...

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...

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors pioneering athletes that have excelled at a purely American game originated on the other side of the globe from their South Pacific roots.Riki Ellison, the first Maori- and New Zealand-born athlete to play in the NFL, joins the...