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The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s...

Game of Century discussion and Men of Sparta showing

Game of Century discussion and Men of Sparta showing

Click here for the my appearance on The Drive with Jack-- GAME OF THE CENTURY discussion, 7 pm (reception at 6 pm)  Wednesday, Oct. 12 at Conrad Hall (near Hubbard Hall). Admission is free but University Archives requests registration to monitor the turnout at Conrad Hall's...

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Apisa tells story of game ball returning home

Michigan State All-American fullback Bob Apisa missed the 1966 Game of the Century with a knee injury, but decades later he tucked the game ball under his arm for one last carry. It was a house fire he escaped rather than Notre Dame’s tacklers. “The first thing I did was grab...

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Fifty-years ago fate tapped Regis Cavender on the shoulder more than once. It’s the reason he is one of those rare athletes rightly forever famous for one play. He scored Michigan State’s only touchdown for a 7-0 second-quarter lead when the Michigan State and Notre Dame played...

Brian Kelly explains his Twitter post

Brian Kelly explains his Twitter post

Anyone following Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly’s official Twitter account – @CoachBrian Kelly numbers 162,000 – must have done a double take over a “like” response to a suggestion he fire defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.The follower, @Kevin_Coughlin, wrote that it was time...

Game of Century legend returns to East Lansing

Game of Century legend returns to East Lansing

Imagine if O. Henry was a football fan crafting modern-day twisting short stories on the game’s legends. Notre Dame’s Coley O’Brien provides a captivating narrative.It starts with his dramatic role in the 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century and continues through...

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

No comparison to Game of the Century talent

To understand how the Notre Dame-Michigan State Game of the Century was unlike any other with the grand moniker, start with the collective talent that fueled the chilly afternoon on November 19, 1966.Then move on to the controversial 10-10 tie. ... Click here for the rest of...

Game of Century rivals are respected friends

Game of Century rivals are respected friends

A half-century after the final whistle, the Notre Dame and Michigan State players no longer feel compelled to debate the final moments of their 1966 Game of the Century. They like their place in history despite the controversial 10-10 tie.There certainly was acrimony afterward,...

The Biggest Game of the Them All

The Biggest Game of the Them All

This is part of series leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during homecoming week on Oct....

The night Don Behm flipped Bubba Smith in more ways than one

The night Don Behm flipped Bubba Smith in more ways than one

This is the first of a series of stories leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during...