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Brian Kelly still has his voice

Brian Kelly still has his voice

Brian Kelly is well-known for rubbing people the wrong way, but whatever you think of the embattled Notre Dame coach, he still has his players’ ears.The 2017 team message he planted in offseason workouts has grown throughout spring drills and fall camp, blossoming...

Notre Dame cashes in Michigan State gifts

Notre Dame cashes in Michigan State gifts

Equanimeous St. Brown remembered he’s considered one of the top receivers in the nation on Saturday against Michigan State. The Notre Dame  junior caught a 41-yard pass to set up the Irish’s first touchdown.Offensive coordinator Chip Long found running back Dexter...

Notre Dame storylines to follow at Spartan Stadium

Notre Dame storylines to follow at Spartan Stadium

Here are three keys to watch as Notre Dame (2-1) plays its second straight road game before a rabid crowd Saturday at historic rival Michigan State (2-0). (Irish and Spartans players from the 1966 Game of the Century that ended in a controversial 10-10 tie...

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Spartans among Polynesian Hall finalists

Three Michigan State Hawaiian Pipeline figures and a Spartans quarterback from the 1990s are among 18 finalists for the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2018.Bob Apisa, Charlie Wedemeyer and Thomas Ka’ulukukui are finalists as contributors. Tony Banks, who has Samoan ancestry,...

How Game of Century survived band attack

How Game of Century survived band attack

Let your mind wander to imagine a seminal college football moment matching Notre Dame at Michigan State in the 1966 Game of the Century having not taken place. This is more than a whimsical thought as the teams prepare to meet on the 51st anniversary Saturday...

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Michigan State pioneer passes away

Some sad news on the passing of a Michigan State football pioneer. My research for book Raye of Light revealed he was the first passenger on Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad. He was very proud of that, and I was proud to meet him and make him a key figure in...

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Michigan State and Notre Dame celebration

Fifty-one lacks the golden chime to it that rings out for 50 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 gathering. This will be the first...

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...

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...