Michigan State plans statue to honor 1960s teams that led college football integration

PHOTO (Michigan State Athletics): Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty stands before his five returning All-American players in 1966: Clinton Jones, Bob Apsia, Bubba Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller revealed on Monday the athletic department is in the preliminary stages of honoring Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s historic 1960s teams that led college football integration with a statue. Haller appeared on "The Drive with…

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Duffy’s Hawaiian Pipeliner Charlie Wedemeyer returns home to Polynesian Football Hall of Fame induction

PHOTO: Charlie Wedemeyer's athletic career spans his career at Michigan State, coaching at Los Gatos High in the Bay Area and his induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame in Hawaii. He was joined in this photo around him left-to-right: NFL coaches Jon Gruden and John Madden, two family friends, former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN A high school coach’s invaluable role too…

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Duke’s coaching-staff-in-waiting enjoys two celebrations

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Paolo Banchero dunks at Wake Forest. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Duke’s coaches enjoyed more than one celebration following Wednesday’s bounce-back win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem. First, there was the post-game celebration. The Blue Devils won 76-64. That was routine for a blue-blood program that this season is ranked No. 8 in the nation with a 13-2 record overall and 3-1 in the ACC. The win avoided a two-game following Duke’s…

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