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Coker surprise hero as Alabama blanks Michigan State

Coker surprise hero as Alabama blanks Michigan State

Nick Saban bumped his perfect record to 9-0 against former assistant coaches, but unless Alabama’s defense-minded boss drew up the offensive game plan, the nation saw why Saban hired Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator in 2014.Kiffin came up with a game plan that kept...

Tony Banks and son want Cook to bring his A game

Tony Banks and son want Cook to bring his A game

If you’re a former Michigan State quarterback with a 9-year-old son dreaming of following in your footsteps, the Dallas area has been a convenient place to live the last couple of years to treat your son.You saw the Spartans beat Baylor last year in the Cotton Bowl and No....

Tressel says Dantonio was right man at right time

Tressel says Dantonio was right man at right time

Jim Tressel’s answer to a complicated question seemed too simple coming from the professorial former Ohio State coach famed for his sweater-vest.Why has Mark Dantonio succeeded at Michigan State when so many coaches before him failed? Tressel had some insight on the subject since...

Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Epic drive of 2015 trying to match 1966 title drive

Michigan State is chasing its first national title since 1966 thanks to the “The Drive”.With that bond between the 2015 and 1966 Spartans, this is a good time to tell you about “the drive”. The lower case letters are intentional because not all drives are treated the same by...

Jacoby Boren on Big Ten and perceptions

Jacoby Boren on Big Ten and perceptions

This time a year ago the Big Ten struggled with the ongoing perception it was fourth or fifth among the Power Five conferences in the nation. The Big Ten and ACC were in a yearly struggle to avoid the dreaded fifth spot.Perception also questioned whether Ohio State should have...

Mark Hollis sweeps up with broom Jud Heathcote handed him

Mark Hollis sweeps up with broom Jud Heathcote handed him

Michigan State’s Mark Hollis heard himself introduced recently in New York as the recipient of the John L. Toner Award from the National Football Foundation for superior administrative skills. His unique ideas were among the reasons listed.Then he answered questions about his...

The Drive with Jack radio show

The Drive with Jack radio show

My segment on the show discussing Clinton Jones and more about the College Football Hall of Fame in New York is about two-thirds of the way through the Lansing sports talk radio show.The Drive with Jack

CFP Roundtable on conference games and bowl trips

CFP Roundtable on conference games and bowl trips

Can you believe that college football bowl season is here?Championship weekend didn’t disappoint, and in fact, it set us up for success as fans. Clemson, Alabama, Michigan State and Oklahoma have been pegged as the “final four” of this year’s College Football Playoff, and we’re...

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

Clinton Jones blends Michigan State past and present

NEW YORK – Michigan State two-time All-American halfback Clinton Jones returned to the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday for the first time in 49 years.He traveled there as a national champion in 1966, and as a College Football Hall of Famer this year.Click here for the rest of my...

Around the podcast on College Football Playoffs

Around the podcast on College Football Playoffs

We’re heading into the most important weekend in college football, and that’s the weekend of the conference championships.Of course, not every conference has a championship game (here’s looking at you, Big 12), but the ones that do have a ton on the line. Very potentially, the...