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Mystery solved in Thornhill and Namath myth

Mystery solved in Thornhill and Namath myth

It turns out William “Nay” Thornhill knew the sportswriter that called Michigan State’s football office in 1962. The role Bob McLelland played is more evidence debunking the long-standing myth that Bear Bryant sent Charlie Thornhill to Michigan State in exchange for Duffy...

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

MSU and UNC enlightened South 50 years ago

“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....

Michigan State homecoming for Hawaiian Pipeline father and son

Michigan State homecoming for Hawaiian Pipeline father and son

Tim Kamana grew up donning the green-and-white of his father’s alma mater on fall Saturdays as they watched Michigan State football from paradise five time zones away. He could only imagine as a kid who lived in Hawaii the emotions of running out of the Spartan Stadium...

Michigan State QB Cook learns and reads like a pro

Michigan State QB Cook learns and reads like a pro

Quarterbacks who annually migrate to the San Diego in the winter and spring to work with renowned guru George Whitfield often are those from college spread offenses. They need instruction to adapt pro-style skills they can demonstrate to NFL scouts. Whitfield’s...

MSU Alumni Magazine features Raye of Light excerpt

MSU Alumni Magazine features Raye of Light excerpt

Michigan State Alumni Magazine, Fall 2014 issueRaye of Light was featured in the Michigan State Alumni Magazine fall issue in 2014.