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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...

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

In this age of social media you would think Kyler Elsworth and Nay Thornhill would have talked by now. Elsworth is the Michigan State’s Rose Bowl Defensive MVP from the 2013 the New Year’s Day win over Stanford in Pasadena. Nay is the younger brother of the late Charlie “Mad...

MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago at Chapel Hill

MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago at Chapel Hill

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.”    ...

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Some of the highest praise in the coaching profession for Jimmy Raye is offered by former Texas coach Fred Akers, an unlikely source considering their backgrounds. They grew up on opposite sides of segregation as athletes and later as young coaches, but their paths did cross in...

Video Historical Society of Greater Lansing book discussion

Video Historical Society of Greater Lansing book discussion

Click here for link in Lansing's City Pulse on Raye of Light http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-10579-the-integration-of-spartan-nation.html Click on Youtube video below from book discussion, Q and A and book signing at downtown library in Lansing, Mi. Purchase...

Man of Sparta blazed trail for Polynesian football players

Man of Sparta blazed trail for Polynesian football players

My interview began with a question for Bob Apisa following news he was named a finalist for the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame’s second class. The inductees will be announced on Oct. 8 and enshrined on Jan. 24 in Hawaii during the NFL’s Pro Bowl weekend. Apisa was the first...

Michigan State journalism grad returns homecoming weekend

Michigan State journalism grad returns homecoming weekend

Michigan State journalism graduate Tom Shanahan is featured in this story written for the website of the Michigan State School of Communication Arts and Science. Shanahan appeared on campus on Sept. 22 to speak on his book "Raye of Light" during the homecoming weekend....