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Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

Jud brightened days with basketball and humor

The basketball gods must need some humor to brighten things up these days. They called Jud Heathcoteto hoop heaven.The retired Michigan State basketball coach who guided the Spartans and Earvin “Magic” Johnson to the 1979 NCAA title had an endless supply of wit. No...

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Notre Dame game by game predictions

Here are my game-by-game predictions for Notre Dame’s bounceback season from a dismal 4-8 finish in 2016. The Irish will start quickly, but the schedule is bottom heavy. ... Click here for the rest of my FanRag Sports story ...

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Duffy Daugherty rolled over in his grave. Bubba Smith, George Webster and Charlie Thornhill huddled above and wept as they looked down.The College Football Hall of Fame coach and the legendary players he recruited from the segregated South to Michigan State had to be...

WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

WRAL The Fan interview with Jim Proebstle on CTE

Michigan State's Jim Proebstle, a tight end on the Spartans' 1965 national championship team, appeared on July 27 with Adam Gold on WRAL The Fan. They discussed the latest CTE news. Jim wrote a book, Unintended Impact, on how his older brother, Dick Proebstle, suffered from CTE...

Game of the Century combined reunion

Game of the Century combined reunion

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that 50 rings out as a nice round anniversary number.But as it turns out, the 51st anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century matching Notre Dame at Michigan State will be unlike any previous milestone gatherings for the quasi-national...

NCAA must continue focus on football safety

NCAA must continue focus on football safety

Jim Proebstle, a Michigan State tight end on the Spartans' 1965 UPI national championship team, is the author of "Unintended Impact." He is uniquely qualified to comment on football concussions and CTE  dimentia. He not only played the game, his brother, Dick Proebstle, a...

Another chapter to story of Gideon Smith

Another chapter to story of Gideon Smith

The remarkable story of Gideon Smith has taken him to the footsteps of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame.Smith broke barriers throughout his life. He was the first black college football player at two Michigan schools, Ferris State and Michigan...

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

Names and games from Michigan State and Notre Dame

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is a made-for-TV event, but the 19th annual basketball conference rivalry is a nod to history that deserves a fist bump. Notre Dame and Michigan State revive neglected tradition when the schools meet in a date to be announced.For decades, the Irish and...

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

Bonzie Colson lifts Notre Dame with return

Bonzie Colson lifts Notre Dame with return

If Bonzie Colson had succumbed to the seductive sirens urging him to declare for the NBA Draft, Notre Dame would have been projected to be a typical Mike Brey basketball team next season.The Irish annually win more games than expected with a veteran roster under their coach, who...