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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...

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

McGraw points to additional ACC Network boost

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – News surrounding the ACC Network deal with ESPN was dominated quite naturally by its financial impact through football and basketball. They are the revenue sports of college athletics, after all.A cast of ACC officials and ESPN executives with beaming faces...

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...

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...

Brey enjoying best coaching run at Notre Dae

Brey enjoying best coaching run at Notre Dae

It’s difficult gaining attention for impressive back-to-back Elite Eight NCAA Tournament runs and an ACC Tournament title the last two years when your basketball program resides outside of Durham or Chapel Hill.But that’s what Notre Dame coach Mike Brey’s teams have managed the...

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...

Top five NCAA Tournament players

Top five NCAA Tournament players

North Carolina’s Brice Johnson and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield headline my list of the top five basketball players in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.The prime reason is they are the only two consensus All-American picks still playing in the Final Four. To name the top five NCAA Tournament...

Notre Dame women may be only team that can beat Connecticut

Notre Dame women may be only team that can beat Connecticut

That’s three straight ACC Tournament titles preceded by three consecutive ACC regular-season championships.Notre Dame’s women’s basketball team added to their dominating ACC streaks with Sunday’s 68-57 win over Syracuse on Sunday afternoon in Greensboro, N.C. Life has been good...

Truck driver father drives to see sons play

Truck driver father drives to see sons play

Imagine the pride Steve Rochell feels rumbling down the nation’s interstates driving his 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer to deliver at a destination near a college football game featuring one of his two sons.“I live the year for those 12 weeks of the football season,” said Steve,...

Notre Dame survives scare from Duke women

Notre Dame survives scare from Duke women

DURHAM – Notre Dame is always chasing Connecticut’s dynastic women’s basketball program.The Irish lost to the Huskies in the NCAA Championship game the last two years. They came within 10 points in early December despite playing on the road and without then-injured...