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NFL staged modern draft too late for Bubba

NFL staged modern draft too late for Bubba

Bubba Smith loved a stage, but the 1967 NFL Draft was a shadow of its modern-day TV show with Oscar-like glitter it is now. Imagine if the Michigan State legend turned Miller Lite pitchman and Hollywood actor was taken No. 1 overall in the modern draft. So I asked one of Smith’s...

Cousins completes every call from TV booth

Cousins completes every call from TV booth

Kirk Cousins, the NFL quarterback and Captain Kirk of Michigan State’s revival seasons, demonstrated again he can command a TV booth while working the Spartans’ Green and White spring game Saturday as a Big Ten Network analyst. What once was considered a treat when Cousins first...

Bob Apisa discusses Men of Sparta documentary

Bob Apisa discusses Men of Sparta documentary

Click here: Bob Apisa appeared April 20 on the Drive with Jack on Lansing sports radio. The show is on 92.1 FM.Bob Apisa, the first Samoan All-American football player, was a two-time All-American fullback on the Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship...

Original satellite camp was Michigan State Underground Railroad

Original satellite camp was Michigan State Underground Railroad

The late Duffy Daugherty, perched above Spartan Stadium for Michigan State’s spring game Saturday, must be chortling over news the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference are upset with Big Ten satellite camps in the South. Daugherty, of course, founded the...

Michigan State and Big Ten top nation at doubling up

Michigan State and Big Ten top nation at doubling up

We’ve always known Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo work well together, but the 2014-15 school year took Dantonio-Izzo teamwork and the Big Ten to another level. Michigan State’s continued success in both programs...

Watch Jimmy Raye as featured guest on UNC TV

Watch Jimmy Raye as featured guest on UNC TV

"Raye of Light" was featured on UNC-TV's Black Issues Forum this week. UNC-TV is the state's PBS station. Click here for the show Jimmy Raye, a ground-breaking black quarterback at Michigan State and college and NFL coaching pioneer, was the guest of Deborah Holt Noel...

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke’s freshmen players talked about committing to the Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski to win a national title. The name on the front of the jersey mattered. Kentucky’s freshmen -- starting with John Wall as head coach John Calipari's first freshman lottery pick...

The mad genius of Tom Izzo

The mad genius of Tom Izzo

Michigan State senior Branden Dawson, the target of many Tom Izzo motivational outbursts, commented last week that Izzo has mellowed. Izzo, his voice strained as it always is this time of the year, was asked for a reaction at one of those NCAA-sponsored press conferences...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Final Four coaches release statement

Final Four coaches release statement

The Final Four basketball coaches released a statement Wednesday through the National Association of Basketball Coaches prior to the teams arriving in Indianapolis for practice and media interviews for Saturday's semifinal games at Lucas Oil Stadium.The coaches are Duke's...