Notre Dame history lesson on Army and Navy

Notre Dame returned to South Bend licking wounds from Saturday’s 28-27 loss to Navy in Jacksonville. Now the Irish regroup to play Army on Saturday in San Antonio. The games are a step back in time for more reasons than one.If Notre Dame (3-6) playing Navy (6-2) and Army (5-4) back-to-back sounds...

The case for Duffy and Medal of Freedom

Letter to President Obama: Three years ago you presented North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony. Tobacco Road rivals -- indeed, the basketball nation -- united in applause. The proclamation recognized Smith’s two national titles,...

Regis Cavender found end zone and place in history

Fifty-years ago fate tapped Regis Cavender on the shoulder more than once. It’s the reason he is one of those rare athletes rightly forever famous for one play. He scored Michigan State’s only touchdown for a 7-0 second-quarter lead when the Michigan State and Notre Dame played to a controversial...

The Biggest Game of the Them All

This is part of series leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during homecoming week on Oct. 12 at Michigan...

The night Don Behm flipped Bubba Smith in more ways than one

This is the first of a series of stories leading up the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Game of the Century. The game was played Nov. 19, 1966 at Spartan Stadium, but the 50th anniversary game is Sept. 17 at Notre Dame. A 50th anniversary of the game will be celebrated during homecoming week on Oct. 12...

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 why. We tell them...

Six cases for Michigan State Hall of Fame

A key debate point among Pro Football Hall of Fame voters basically applies to any athletics hall. “Can you write the history of pro football without him?” With that frame-of-reference, I bring up Michigan State’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Two-time All-Americans George Webster, Bubba Smith, Gene...

Football needs DeVon Edwards more than basketball

Duke defensive back/kick returner DeVon Edwards has added preseason 2016 All-American honors to past post-season awards. He was named a fourth-team All-American kick returner this week by Athlon Sports.The senior is only a 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, but that’s what makes him special to football’s...

Clemson SS Pinero rare slugger to hit Durham bull

DURHAM, N.C. – Clemson’s Mike Triller hit a home run for the winning team, but Virginia’s Daniel Pinero stroked a blast that would be appreciated by Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon and baseball movie buffs.Triller’s fifth-inning two-run homer broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Tigers to...

Thanksgiving thoughts on traditional football weekend

Thanksgiving and football have gone together dating back to the late 1800s, so it’s nothing new. But there are always new reasons to give thanks. Here are my 13 football items to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day for the 2015 season.— 1. I’m thankful for traditional college football rivalries...