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Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

Precedent and irony surround Michigan spring practices

SEC and ACC football coaches who are howling over Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh’s upcoming spring football practices in Florida should be reminded there is precedent for a Big Ten school traveling to the South to enhance recruiting.The difference between now and then is when...

Kale Ane followed footsteps of father to coaching

Kale Ane followed footsteps of father to coaching

Charles Teetai Ane Jr.’s recent enshrinement with the Polynesian Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was an opportunity to celebrate Hawaii’s first NFL Pro Bowl player as well as a father-son football bond long famed on the islands.Ane Jr. was inducted posthumously in a ceremony at the...

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

Saban needs many more years before he can surpass Bryant

The eminently quotable Bum Phillips, a Paul “Bear” Bryant disciple prior to his own legend as an NFL head coach, once described his old boss’ coaching prowess this way in his familiar Texas drawl:“He can take his’n and beat your’n and take your’n and beat his’n.” ... Click...

Early commitments began with JoePa and Penn State

Early commitments began with JoePa and Penn State

The glossary needed to define the wild, wild world of college football recruiting continues to evolve and expand.I started thinking about this when I read that Michigan State 4-star defensive tackle recruit Naquan Jones of Evanston (Ill.) Township “re-committed” to the Spartans...

Narduzzi established footprint for Pitt future

Narduzzi established footprint for Pitt future

Pitt football finished 8-5 and out of the Top 25 rankings.The Panthers didn’t earn even one vote among “others” in the AP or USA Today polls. Schools such as Western Kentucky, Washington State, Toledo, Appalachian State, Temple and Georgia Southern gained votes to make the list....

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...