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...

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...

Michigan State history still helps with knocking on the door

Michigan State began the season knocking on the door to the national title with a ranking as high as No. 2 five weeks into the season. The injury-riddled Spartans slipped to No. 9, but they are still in position if they manage an upset Saturday at No. 3 Ohio State.For the he Spartans to be still...

Izzo embraces the Heathcote Way as the Spartan Way

Jud Heathcote’s milestones on Planet Basketball now include two former All-Americans identified as philanthropists. That’s the depth of the 88-year-old College Basketball Hall of Fame coach’s influence on the Michigan State program.In October, five-time NBA champion Magic Johnson was honored by...

Michigan State touchdown proves football a funny game

One moment lost in analysis of Jalen Watts-Jackson’s Ranger Rescue was he benefitted from Michigan offensive lineman Ben Braden doing his job.If that sounds incongruous, it should. It helps explain how Michigan State’s inexplicable game-winning touchdown unfolded with a 10 seconds remaining Saturday...

Homecoming weekend honors national championship teams

Michigan State's 1965 and 1966 national championship teams broke too much ground to be limited to a ceremony for homecoming against Purdue Saturday at Spartan Stadium.So the school began recognizing the old-timers on Friday. The weekend began when Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon invited...

Michigan State celebrates past and present national stature

What symmetrical timing.This is not the first season players representing Michigan State’s 1965 and 1966 national teams– the legends and backups alike from these tight units that were a leader in the integration of college football under College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty — have...