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McQuaid finds his range at the right time

McQuaid finds his range at the right time

Matt McQuaid spoke about “a sense of urgency” now that the senior is down to his final NCAA Tournament appearance. Win and advance, lose and go home. This time, though, it’s for the Michigan State guard’s career. And his sense of urgency was never bigger than scoring a a...

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

Barkley and Magic story as advice for Zion

“When did we get to the point all people care about is money? … When did we get to the point we’ve got clowns on television saying, ‘Oh, don’t play.’ That’s what you do. That’s what we do. We play basketball. … I get so mad when people act like money is the only thing that...

Black History Month story from The Athletic

Black History Month story from The Athletic

Thanks to The Athletic for a story on Jimmy Raye and citing "Raye of Light."EAST LANSING, Mich. — The lobby of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts is buzzing on this late-September evening. Cameras are flickering in the near background. Chatter is building with each passing...

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

There are no more Magic Johnsons in college basketball. That has been my thought the past decade while watching one-and-done college prospects follow each other like lemmings to the same two schools, Duke or Kentucky. Their paths are considered the easiest to an NCAA title, even...

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Three twitter posts I read in succession were unrelated unless placed in the context of Black History Month. One was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the other two about the Texas Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In general, they were reminders...

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

Spartans have Super Bowl link to Sean McVay

The coaching DNA linking New England head coach Bill Belichick and his father Steve, a respected 34-year Navy assistant, are retold with every Patriots Super Bowl trip. But the Belichick family has company this week in Atlanta. Sean McVay, who has taken the Los Angeles Rams to...

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Duke’s first game against Pitt and former Blue Devils assistant Jeff Capel on Tuesday brought up a touchy subject with Mike Krzyzewski. Capel’s surprise move to Pitt had generated speculation that Duke recruiting might suffer.Try telling Michigan State coach Tom Izzo that Coach K...

Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Raye MLK Day guest on Drive with Jack

Jimmy Raye was a guest on Martin Luther King Day on The Drive with Jack and Tom on their sports talk radio show in Lansing.Raye, enshrined in the Michigan State Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018, was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title. He was...

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Ganakas bridged Magic and Michigan State

Shakespeare’s happy endings were his romance plays. The storylines moved with comedic and tragic turns, but an uplifting denouement separated those works from others. So what would Shakespeare write about the life of Gus Ganakas? The former Michigan State coach, who passed away...

Oregon coach honors Polynesian trailblazer

Oregon coach honors Polynesian trailblazer

Oregon facing Michigan State football in the Redbox Bowl brings life full circle for Joe Salave'a, the Ducks' associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator. Born in America Samoa, Salave'a grew up fully aware MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Apisa blazed a trail for...