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USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

USA Basketball assist from Dean Smith

Americans love college rivalries. It starts at the top with coaches, and the bloodstreams of various colors bleed through to the players and fans.With another school year upon us and USA Basketball having returned from Rio de Janeiro with a third straight Olympic gold medal, this...

Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State chases third straight double

Michigan State opens more than another football season with the start of the 2015-16 school year. Mark Dantonio’s football team and Tom Izzo’s basketball program are chasing what I call a third straight “Pat Wilson Double.”You’re wondering, what’s that? ... Click...

Name the only Michigan State Rose Bowl and Final Four participant

Name the only Michigan State Rose Bowl and Final Four participant

Pat Wilson rattled off a long list of multi-sport stars to play for Michigan State. Wilson, a Spartans football and basketball letterman from the 1950s who is 80 and still practicing law in Traverse City, Mi., cited Bob Carey, Jack Breslin, Robin Roberts, Tom Yewcic, Earl...

Pete Newell brought out best in Bob Knight

Pete Newell brought out best in Bob Knight

We saw the best of Bob Knight Tuesday night in San Diego. We saw why his players and those who know him are so loyal to him despite his many controversies.You won't see a more logical or quick-witted man than Knight if you’re fortunate to be in his presence other than a moment of...

Looking back at Coach K and early lesson learned at Jenison

Looking back at Coach K and early lesson learned at Jenison

The first time I saw Mike Krzyzewski coaching was 40 years ago, but I was unaware at the time.Nobody on a fateful Jan. 4, 1975 afternoon at Michigan State's Jenison Fieldhouse was aware remotely how to spell or pronounce his name unless they were an Army basketball fan in the...