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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...

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

Graves sheds new light on Michigan State 1974 goal line stand

The wonder of history is an untold story always surfaces years later. Tommy Graves, Michigan State’s All-Big Ten second-team safety as a 1974 freshman that was robbed of future greatness by knee injuries, tells one 40 years later. It's about the Spartans’ monumental 16-13 upset...

Ferris State hired Smith with Michigan State blueprint dreams

Ferris State hired Smith with Michigan State blueprint dreams

The Michigan State Mafia was an affectionate term for the number of assistants Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty placed in jobs around the country in their time as Spartans head coaches – Munn from 1947 to 1953 and Daugherty 1954 to 1972. Men such as Earle Edwards were named the...

Duffy called QB option for final upset of Ohio State in 1972

Duffy called QB option for final upset of Ohio State in 1972

Forty-plus years later it’s a moment Michigan State’s 1972 football team can celebrate despite an otherwise underachieving season that turned out to be their College Hall of Fame coach’s final season. The Spartans finished with a 5-5-1 record, but when the record had slipped to...

Mystery solved in Thornhill and Namath myth

Mystery solved in Thornhill and Namath myth

It turns out William “Nay” Thornhill knew the identity of the sportswriter that placed a phone call to Michigan State’s football office in 1962. The previously forgotten caller had encouraged the Spartans to recruit Charlie “Mad Dog” Thornhill, an historic athletic figure in...