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Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Tom Izzo had big picture in mind at Palestra

Penn State might be known as more than a football school that also plays basketball in the winter if any of the Nittany Lions’ past hoop coaches were as smart as Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.Izzo, always mindful of history, agreed to take his young Spartans to play Penn State at The...

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

Here is why CFP selections angered Woody

If you think the College Football Playoff committee selecting Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington set off angry debates on terra firma, consider Woody Hayes watching as he sat among the football gods.He threw down in anger his hat with the block O. He searched for...

Ohio State seeks Big Ten respect from CFP

Ohio State seeks Big Ten respect from CFP

We’ll learn this week if the College Football Committee holds the same respect for Ohio State and the Big Ten overall that it did last week following Michigan’s upset loss.The Buckeyes avoided an upset, but they were a three-touchdown favorite forced to come from behind for a...

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario...

Michigan State may play Palestra

Michigan State may play Palestra

Think “Hoosiers” and Hinkle Fieldhouse and what the movie meant to renewed respect for the historic Indianapolis basketball arena that opened in 1928.If Hollywood ever makes a basketball movie called “Quakers” with scenes from the Palestra, you’ll understand what the historic...

Pitt eager to renew Penn State rivarly

Pitt eager to renew Penn State rivarly

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman grew up a Florida Gators fan in Jacksonville, Fla., well-versed in college football rivalries.There was no escaping the famed Florida-Georgia rivalry played annually in his hometown as a neutral site. Florida also played...

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...

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...

Michigan State wraps up deep and talented Big Ten East

Michigan State wraps up deep and talented Big Ten East

Spartan Stadium was again the “place to be” for Saturday’s final week of the Big Ten regular season.Those were the words Michigan State Coach Mark Dantonio offered in September. They followed a win over Oregon that lifted the Spartans into the national title conversation on the...

Army West Point experiences tradition with first win

Army West Point experiences tradition with first win

A recent college football tradition since 9/11 has been Army, Navy or Air Force opponents standing with the service academy players as they sing their alma mater, win or lose.The Eastern Michigan players did so last weekend at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti despite falling to the...