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Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

Izzo and Spartans deserve better than Dakich

By Tom ShanahanESPN basketball analyst Dan Dakich lowered himself to retired Auburn football coach Pat Dye’s pompous level last week while he worked Michigan’s win over Michigan State in Ann Arbor. But that’s not all.Dakich stooped lower with Twitter comments posted prior to...

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

Riki Ellison impact felt beyond playing days

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors pioneering athletes that have excelled at a purely American game originated on the other side of the globe from their South Pacific roots.Riki Ellison, the first Maori- and New Zealand-born athlete to play in the NFL, joins the...

Kirk Gibson named to College Football Hall of Fame

Kirk Gibson named to College Football Hall of Fame

Congratultions to Kirk Gibson for making the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation announced on Monday its Class of 2017. The players and coaches will be recognized at tonight's national championship game matching Alabama and Clemson. They will be...

Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Penn State might be known as more than a football school that also plays basketball in the winter if any of the Nittany Lions’ past hoop coaches were as smart as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.Izzo, always mindful of history, agreed to take his young Spartans to play Penn State at The...

Northwestern chasing first NCAA bid

Northwestern chasing first NCAA bid

Northwestern coach Chris Collins likely got the wrong idea about the Big Ten while playing for Mike Krzyzewski and coaching beside him 13 years on the Duke bench. Coach K made beating Big Ten teams look simple.It’s not so easy, Collins was reminded after his Wildcats lost at...

Looking back at the past calendar year

Looking back at the past calendar year

We’re close to the start of conference play and the New Year, so let’s review college basketball’s calendar year rather than last season. No story overlaps last and this season more than the childish behavior of Duke’s Grayson Allen.— Duke’s junior guard tripped Louisville and...

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

History of renovated Reynolds includes segregation stain

North Carolina State basketball steps back in time to play Tennessee State on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack returns from PNC Arena to the campus shrine remodeled at a cost of $35 million.Renovated Reynolds is a blueprint on how to retain the outside the brick charm...

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

Brian Piccolo Award extends beyond football

The Atlantic Coast Conference honoring Pitt’s James Conner as winner of the Brian Piccolo Award was a no-brainer. The Piccolo Award is awarded to “the most courageous” player in the ACC, but Conner also is worthy of any such national award.In 2014, Conner was a the ACC’s leading...

NFF Football Matters story on Bullough family

NFF Football Matters story on Bullough family

The National Football Foundation celebrates “Football Moms” for good reason. They play roles big and small from encouraging their sons to learn the game’s life lessons to driving them to and from practices and games.However, let’s also consider contributions from “Football...

Spartans overlooked early warning signs

Spartans overlooked early warning signs

Players say things in the optimism of the preseason that can be blamed on youthful enthusiasm. But in the aftermath of a ravaged season, such comments can be reviewed as a red-in-the-morning warning that they were out of touch with an approaching storm.Turn back the clock to...