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The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week in Raleigh.I wondered how many of the elite high school players --...

Hawaiian Pipeline legacy enjoys Heisman view

Hawaiian Pipeline legacy enjoys Heisman view

Charles “Kale” Ane knows the look of a Heisman Trophy candidate. He faced enough of them as Michigan State’s starting center from 1972 to 1974 upon legendary coach Duffy Daugherty recruiting him through his famed Hawaiian Pipeline. Among them were Ohio State running back...

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

The frame of reference of today’s college football players dates merely two decades, meaning it is not necessarily unusual to see African-American Ruffin McNeal lead East Carolina into a bowl game as the Pirates’ head coach.But such a moment is significant when it's the...

LA Times story on Bob Apisa and Marcus Mariota

LA Times story on Bob Apisa and Marcus Mariota

Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Dywre wrote about the kindred spirit as Hawaiians and Samoans between Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota and Bob Apisa, the first Samoan All-American as a fullback at Michigan State recruited on Duffy Daugherty's Hawaiian Pipeline. Click here...

McNeill remains grateful for Dantonio endorsement

McNeill remains grateful for Dantonio endorsement

The 2010 Alamo Bowl crowd roared, the Texas Tech band played and bodies swirled around Red Raiders interim head coach Ruffin McNeill and Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio at midfield following the 2009 season’s bowl game played in San Antonio. Yet McNeill remembers a...

Texas key stop on Michigan State Underground Railroad

Texas key stop on Michigan State Underground Railroad

Thanks to Rick Gosselin for Twitter post on Raye of LightTweetDMN: Rick Gosselin's story on Gene Washington and Underground Railroad-30-

Ferris State and Michigan State pioneer Gideon Smith honored

Ferris State and Michigan State pioneer Gideon Smith honored

The American Football Coaches Association's website story on Gideon Smith selection to receive its AFCA: The Trailblazer Award.Follow up story from Jan. 12 award in LouisvilleThe award will be presented posthumously Jan. 12 in Louisville.AFCA: Gideon Smith Honored with 2014...

Mariota path to Heisman began with Bob Apisa

Mariota path to Heisman began with Bob Apisa

Marcus Mariota’s Heisman Trophy acceptance speech was touching and soon popular on Youtube. Fans listened to words spoken with humility that have been missing from recent Heisman winners of questionable character. The Oregon All-American quarterback thanked his college,...

Dantonio is Michigan State Destination Man

Dantonio is Michigan State Destination Man

This time a year ago Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio's name was mentioned as a candidate for the vacant Texas job, but Dantonio was quick to squash the rumors. "I see Michigan State as a destination, not a stop" said the man who has resided in East Lansing 14 total seasons...

Shanahan enjoys homecoming book signing

Shanahan enjoys homecoming book signing

By Greg Buckner, Pioneer Sports Editor   Growing up in Big Rapids in the 1960s, Tom Shanahan was a big Michigan Stazte football fan and one of his favorite memories was watching the “Game of the Century” between the top two teams in the nation in the Spartans and Notre...