Mel Tucker, refreshingly, fearless at raising Michigan State’s Biggie and Duffy bar

PHOTO: Mel Tucker Visit my website home page, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN What I’ve learned about Mel Tucker: He doesn’t hedge his bets. That was my primary takeaway from have the privilege to join a recent Zoom call that featured Michigan State president Samuel L. Stanley discussing the Spartans’ athletic program with four coaches, Tucker, basketball’s Tom Izzo, women’s basketball’s Suzy Merchant and women’s golf’s Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll. Tucker answered a Stanley question about recruiting and what Michigan State…

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Charlie Wedemeyer’s Hall of Fame life and wife get call from Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

PHOTO: Michigan State's Charlie Wedemeyer, who was named posthumously on Dec. 29 to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021, with his saintly wife Lucy in 2005 at their alma mater, Punahou School in Honolulu. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Duffy Daugherty grabbed the microphone while mixed among a roomful of NFL icons during Super Bowl XIX week. Michigan State’s College Football Hall of Fame coach, never short on engaging stories to tell,…

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Eric Marshall’s Civil Rights journey from Mississippi to Michigan State to Vietnam and to San Francisco

PHOTO: A mob of 3,000 White supremacists, students and outsiders, sparked the deadly Ole Miss Riot of 1962. The pivotal Civil Rights moment influenced Eric Marshall's future. HIS STORY IS A LIFE LESSON FOR TODAY'S COVID-19 IMPACTED ATHLETES. HE ADAPTED TO HISTORY'S TWISTS AND TURNS, LIVING THROUGH THE OLE MISS RIOT OF 1962, ESCAPING SEGRAGATION ABOARD MICHIGAN STATE COACH DUFFY DAUGHERTY'S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, SERVING AS A YOUNG LIEUTENANT IN VIETNAM AND RETIRING FROM A SECOND CAREER AS A…

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