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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

Football lore is filled with Horatio Alger-like stories of athletes from humble beginnings. Joe Salave’a’s special journey lifted him from American Samoa to a White House ceremony to college coaching.White House invitations for athletes are commonly part of a team championship...

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

Junior Seau’s colorful San Diego football career started long before his time with the San Diego Chargers that led to his posthumous Pro Football Hall of Fame induction last month in Canton, Ohio.The Chargers — the team Seau grew up following in nearby Oceanside and then played...

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...