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My Free Press story on Isaia and recruiting

My Free Press story on Isaia and recruiting

Jacob Isaia represents a new generation of college football recruits. The Michigan State commit used a modern method to handle exciting and puzzling experiences dealing with prospective coaches, programs and the media.Click here for link to the Detroit Free Press...

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Football teammates and roommates shape lives

Dino Babers and Duane Coleman met as wide-eyed college freshmen in 1979 at the University of Hawaii. They were football teammates and roommates that formed a fast and enduring friendship.“My kids call him uncle and his kids call me uncle,” Babers said. “They look at us and ask...

Washington State extends global reach

Washington State extends global reach

Washington State invested $141 million in the past five years to improve the football experience for fans at Martin Stadium as well as the overall shine of facilities to aid the arms race of recruiting.From 2011 to 2014, the Cougars added 21 luxury suites and premium seating...

Football took Salavea to the White House

Football took Salavea to the White House

My 2016 story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters section. Salavea has since moved on as an assistant coach at Oregon. Salavea was named to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.By Tom ShanahanFootball lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like...

Army West Point DT holding out for San Diego homecoming

Army West Point DT holding out for San Diego homecoming

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Army West Point coach Jeff Monken met with his players as fall camp opened and discussed the upcoming season. He highlighted Army’s bowl tie-in with the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.“When he mentioned it, no one really reacted much,” said Army...

More memories of Junior Seau

More memories of Junior Seau

As the San Diego Chargers honor Junior Seau posthumously for his induction into  the Pro Football Hall of Fame, I have my own memories that date to the first time I learned about him as a 9-year-old in Oceanside, Calif.I could go on long beyond 11 memories – signifying his...

My 1988 story on Junior Seau and his USC debut

My 1988 story on Junior Seau and his USC debut

My look back at Junior Seau. He will be the first Samoan enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 8 in Canton, Ohio. Check my website later for another story with my thoughts on Junior and the brain damage he suffered from too many concussions.August 13, 1988, San Diego...