Antonio Gates quietly climbs Spartan Stadium to watch namesake while awaiting Hall-of-Fame call

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report PHOTO: Antonio Gates Jr. scored his first career touchdown September 9 against Richmond at Spartan Stadium. By TOM SHANAHAN Antonio Gates Sr. prefers climbing Spartan Stadium’s steps to its upper reaches when attending Michigan State football games. The vantage point allows one of the NFL’s greatest tight ends to anonymously watch his namesake, Antonio Gates Jr. “I get the game tickets on my own with friends, and I don’t leave my name at…

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How Bob Apisa and I’d like to see Navy’s loss as Michigan State’s gain

PHOTO: Ken Niumatalolo is on his way to the College Football Hall of Fame after 15 years at Navy. Visit my website at TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The college football world quickly came down on the side of Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo upon news Sunday he was unceremoniously dismissed. Twitter reacted within moments and stories were posted and printed in the old-fashioned world within a day. How do you let go a guy who is on the way…

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Jacob Isaia plays through heartbreak with his father’s Samoan pride

PHOTO (Fresno State Athletics): Fresno State offensive guard Jacob Isaia (R) and tight end Jake Boust hold the Mountain West Conference trophy at Albertson's Stadium in Boise. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Fresno State’s Jacob Isaia wraps up a bittersweet 2022 season with his Mountain West champion teammates in the Jimmy Kimmell LA Bowl on Dec. 17 at SoFi Stadium. Three days later, he travels down the coast to Oceanside to bury his father, Sale…

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