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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...

Final Four tells story of superior Big Ten depth

Final Four tells story of superior Big Ten depth

I’ve long held the opinion that ACC basketball with its romantic Tobacco Road label receives too much credit and Big Ten basketball is unfairly treated as a whipping boy.The national reaction when Duke or North Carolina is upset in an early round game is, “That’s March Madness!”...

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

Virginia looks ahead without Michigan State to face in Chicago

RALEIGH, N.C. — Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief this week. The Midwest Region’s No. 1 seed can travel to Chicago, the heart of Big Ten country, without worrying about their NCAA nemesis the last two years, Michigan State.As all March Madness fans have been aware since...

Jimmy Raye works with Connor Cook preparing for draft

Jimmy Raye works with Connor Cook preparing for draft

NOTE: Jimmy Raye was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title when the Spartans and Notre Dame played to a 10-10 in the 1966 Game of the Century. The National Football Foundation presented the MacArthur Bowl to the Spartans and Irish as national co-champions....