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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.

Calipari evil Al Davis of the NCAA

Calipari evil Al Davis of the NCAA

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier put on a senior refuse-to-lose run — one I believe Michigan State senior Keith Appling would have recorded without his wrist injury — to beat Kentucky Monday night for the NCAA title.You have to celebrate for Napier and ache for Appling, who was...

Lacey and Magic tale of knight in Spartan Armor

Lacey and Magic tale of knight in Spartan Armor

Maybe you’ve seen the recent TV ads with Magic Johnson as he encourages uninformed Americans to sign up by the March 31 deadline for the Health Insurance Marketplace. But would you believe there is a Michigan State basketball figure that could top Magic as a more profound...

Michigan State playing before Jud in NCAA

Michigan State playing before Jud in NCAA

Michigan State is playing in Jud Heathcote’s backyard for the Spartans’ opening game of the NCAA tournament for the second time in five years, but he’s more worried about the blame than credit.When the unveiled NCAA bracket revealed the Spartans were scheduled to play Delaware...

Dawson displays what Parker saw in him

Dawson displays what Parker saw in him

Ah, now we know what Duke freshman Jabari Parker meant when he said Branden Dawson’s presence on Michigan State’s roster was one reason he chose the Blue Devils over the Spartans.Parker, whose freshman averages of 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game have enhanced already...

Clinton Jones overdue for College Football Hall of Fame

Clinton Jones overdue for College Football Hall of Fame

Michigan State football fans rejoiced for two reasons last May when Percy Snow was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame:The 1989 Butkus Award and Lombardi Award winner as a senior in and 1988 Rose Bowl MVP (1987 season) earned enshrinement in the Hall.Snow’s election and...

February upsets in words of Sparty legend Jud Heathcote

February upsets in words of Sparty legend Jud Heathcote

The ten Top 25 teams that suffered upsets last week came as no surprise to College Basketball Hall of Fame coach Jud Heathcote. It’s February, after all.The retired Michigan State coach said he understood how his beloved Spartans were among the victims when they lost on Sunday to...

Gates finally positioned in his best sport

Gates finally positioned in his best sport

This is my July 21, 2004 story on Antonio Gates I wrote while working for Chargers.com.By Tom ShanahanAll those years Antonio Gates spent in basketball positioning himself for rebounds against taller players - they stretched his height at Kent State, listing him at 6-foot-5 -...

Michigan State takes page from Stanford in Rose Bowl

Michigan State takes page from Stanford in Rose Bowl

The irony of the 100th Rose Bowl turned out that Michigan State defeated Stanford, a team making its fourth straight BCS bowl trip, at its own game. Stanford’s defense philosophy, first employed on The Farm by Jim Harbaugh and continued by David Shaw when he succeeded his boss...