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Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

Pitt playing like a Narduzzi defense

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Pitt defensive end Ejuan Price tilted his head back and broke into a hearty chuckle over the latest story he was told about the passion of Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi.Price was seated at a table in a conference room for the ACC Kickoff media days last week...

Looking back at the Hesburgh Threat

Looking back at the Hesburgh Threat

The Hesburgh Threat:MSU-ND and the ’66 Game of the CenturyDavid J. YoungJuly 17, 2016 Despite all the hoopla leading up to the November 19, 1966 Notre Dame-Michigan State “Game of the Century”—arguably the first time gridiron play rather than controversial polls would decide...

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

Free Press highlights Men of Sparta

The story of Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship football teams will be told in documentary form later this month in Traverse City."Men of Sparta," a film by former MSU fullback and Hollywood actor Bob Apisa, will debut July 31 at the Traverse City Film Festival....

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

A year ago Duke’s thin roster needed Amile Jefferson as a vital piece. Jefferson and 7-footer Marshall Plumlee were the only reliable post players in a three-wing offense.The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder responded quickly — averaging a double-double, 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds – but...

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin must be feeling pressure

James Franklin parlayed three years of success at SEC bottom-feeder Vanderbilt into a brand-name college football job at Penn State. That’s what makes his recent comments expressing frustration with recruiting in the Big Ten so surprising.What could be tougher than recruiting in...

Olympic berth reward for college foundation

Olympic berth reward for college foundation

Klay Thompson, Jimmy Butler and Draymond Green are still reaping the benefits of decisions to stay in college another year with their selection Monday to the 12-man USA Basketball Olympic team roster.They might otherwise be forgotten names by now, but they resisted outside voices...

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Two-time All-Americans George Webster,...

Dantonio deals Cousins as his trump card

Dantonio deals Cousins as his trump card

As Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s summer satellite camp tour — numbering 38 national stops and trips to Australia and American Samoa — continues, the oxygen for recruiting news seems to be leaving the room.Whatever’s left has been quickly burned up by Nick Saban and other SEC (and...

Jake Boss built trust to turnaround Michigan State

Jake Boss built trust to turnaround Michigan State

Sportswriters constantly look for a fresh angle to explain a team’s newfound success. One fashionable way is breaking down hard, cold analytics.That’s how Michael Lewis turned a baseball story into a book that became a movie: Moneyball.Oakland Athletics general manager Billy...

Saban pays respects to MacArthur Bowl

Saban pays respects to MacArthur Bowl

Alabama Coach Nick Saban made a trip to Atlanta over the weekend to pick up another national title.You must be thinking, “What? They’re giving out a football national title this time of year? For recruiting classes? Spring football?” No, no, no.Nick Saban doesn’t suffer fools, so...