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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...

North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

Larry Fedora is five years into rebuilding North Carolina and Dave Doeren four into his effort at N.C. State, but the state’s top high school talent still leave home to cross the border for more nationally prominent programs.The perception problem hasn’t changed much from 2012,...

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

Sports crumbled prejudice before 1957 Final Four

It remains to be seen how forcefully the NCAA responds to the Indiana state legislature’s religious freedom law that critics say was designed with legalese to allow discrimination against gays and others in the name of religion. But as the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Los...

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

Michigan State first confronted Final Four perfection in 1957

For the third time Michigan State stands among a Final Four field that features a No. 1-ranked basketball team seeking to complete an unbeaten season with an NCAA title and record for most wins in a season. This year it’s No. 1 Kentucky with a mark of 38-0 in quest of 40-0....

Captain Mannie elected despite Chicago style voting

Captain Mannie elected despite Chicago style voting

A treasure trove of untold sports stories clearing a path to integration throughout society can be still uncovered a half-century later. The reason is the media avoided racial issues in the mid-20th century, including athletic milestones. This was demonstrated once again in...