Part I: Smith re-taps Duffy’s Hawaiian Pipeline with Burnett and Young

PHOTO: Punahou defensive end Kekai Burnett (9) breaks on the snap of the ball while St. Louis offensive tackleRustin Young (73) back pedals into pass protection.  The two friends from rival Honolulu high schools met while working out in the offseason at a football training gym. Now, they're teammates riding Duffy Daugherty's re-tapped Hawaiian Pipeline to Michigan State. By TOM SHANAHAN This sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true. Michigan State’s two football recruits from Hawaii, Kekai Burnett and Rustin…

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Ane and Hawaiian Pipeliners hope Suiaunoa retaps Duffy’s Island history

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report PHOTO: Legi Suiaunoa By TOM SHANAHAN Charles “Kale” Ane III is a Duffy Daugherty Hawaiian Pipeline alum who returned home after his Michigan State career and seven NFL seasons. He coached 23 years at Honolulu’s Punahou School, his alma mater, winning state titles and turning out college recruits. One of his stars was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, the 2012 Heisman Trophy runner-up and Maxwell Award winner. Scholarship athletes such as Te’o and…

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Michigan State’s challenge: Hire a football coach who understands the Spartans’ legacy under Duffy

By TOM SHANAHAN The sexual harassment charge against former Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker dropped a nuclear bomb on the program, leaving a plethora of issues to resolve. We face months of dealing with the aftermath. I’ll leave to others dissecting X’s and O’s for the remaining eight games, the transfer portal impact, the 2024 recruiting class and the impeding litigation over firing Tucker. Same with listing names of leading candidates to take over program. My bailiwick,…

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