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The State News story on Jimmy Raye

The State News story on Jimmy Raye

Thanks to The State News and Jonathan LeBlanc for a great story on Jimmy Raye's Michigan State Hall of Fame induction and Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad teams. As a State News alum (sports editor, 1978) fun to be a part of the story. Great fun back on campus visiting old...

My appearance with Al Martin on WKAR

My appearance with Al Martin on WKAR

Thanks to Al Martin at WKAR for having me on his show, Current Sports. We discussed Jimmy Raye's induction into the Michigan State Hall of Fame and his legacy as the South's first black quarterback to win a national title and how he carried Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad...

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

My Free Press story with Roaf on Ragnow

By now, the slicing and dicing of Frank Ragnow's measurables is complete.The Detroit Lions examined the height, weight and quickness of the 6-foot-5, 312-pound center from Arkansas. They used their first-round draft pick on him. ... Click here for the Detroit Free...

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

History Loyola Chicago and Michigan State share

Loyola Chicago's run to the NCAA Final Four is a good time to relate overlooked pioneering histories shared by Michigan State football and the Ramblers' basketball program. Two watershed moments that changed the color of college athletics belong to the Ramblers and the Spartans....

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Notre Dame and troubling response to NCAA pledge

Responses to the NCAA’s diversity pledge circulated in September was recently examined by the Washington Post. Notre Dame’s failure to sign it raises some troubling questions.The article followed NCAA inclusion officer Bernard Franklin’s appearance on May 1 at the...

Michigan State foursome faced Tommie Smith and Charlie Greene

Michigan State foursome faced Tommie Smith and Charlie Greene

Michigan State football’s 1965 Big Ten and national championships will be recognized this fall, but let’s recall another Spartans' 50th anniversary. The spring feat has been overlooked but is worth remembering from June 1965. The scene was the NCAA track and field finals at...

Sports radio and interviews on Raye of Light

Sports radio and interviews on Raye of Light

In the media with Tom Shanahan and Jimmy Raye. Here you'll find sources from Fayetteville Observer, UNCTV, Pro Football Daly, Detroit Free Press, Sherman Report, USA Today, WRAL Sports Fan, Jack Ebling 730 AM, Al Martin WKAR, Lansing Library, MSU.EDU and MSU Alumni Magazine.Raye...

Raye of Light book signing

Raye of Light book signing

Fayetteville Observer sports writer Sammy Batton wrote about a hometown book signing for Raye of Light and Fayetteville Hall of Famer Jimmy Raye. Raye attended then-segregated E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C.Raye was recruited by progressive Michigan State head coach...

Original satellite camp was Michigan State Underground Railroad

Original satellite camp was Michigan State Underground Railroad

The late Duffy Daugherty, perched above Spartan Stadium for Michigan State’s spring game Saturday, must be chortling over news the Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference are upset with Big Ten satellite camps in the South. Daugherty, of course, founded the...

Shermanreport on Raye of Light

Shermanreport on Raye of Light

Thanks to Ed Sherman of the Shermanreport.com for posting a book report on Raye of Light. I appreciate that Ed recognized the book about Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad is an untold story.Click here: Shermanreport.com book report posted on Raye of LightClick...