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Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

USC and Alabama play Saturday night at JerryWorld in Arlington, Texas. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, are being dusted off.Revisionist history in the media created among fans the idea that Alabama coach Paul...

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Semi-truck drivers know all the best places to stop across the country. If you accept that axiom, Steve Rochell is an authority on a visiting fan attending college football games.Rochell owns a semi-truck as an independent contractor. Whenever it’s possible, he combines work with...

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film Festival

Click here for July 31 Free Press story on Men of Sparta at Traverse City Film FestivalA decade ago Michigan State’s aging players — aka the ‘Men of Sparta’ — gathered in a lounge at Spartan Stadium for the 40th anniversary of their 1966 Game of the Century with Notre Dame.George...

Michigan State may play Palestra

Michigan State may play Palestra

Think “Hoosiers” and Hinkle Fieldhouse and what the movie meant to renewed respect for the historic Indianapolis basketball arena that opened in 1928.If Hollywood ever makes a basketball movie called “Quakers” with scenes from the Palestra, you’ll understand what the historic...

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...