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The Final Four Misfit: How Michigan State Did It

Tomorrow night, March Madness resumes – even though it’s April. Why? Because there’s just too much madness for March alone. And it’s going go get madder. Of the Final Four teams, three are number one seeds. There’s Wisconsin, which won the Big Ten regular season title and conference tournament en route to a sterling 35-3 record. There’s Duke, led by the legendary Coach Mike...

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Izzo, Calipari and Knight: One of these coaches keeps getting caught

Hello, Loyal Readers: As most of you probably know, I’m working hard to finish my latest book, “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” which will be published by St. Martin’s Press on Sept. 1 — if I get it done soon enough!  (You can pre-order it on the front page of my website, if you are so inclined.) As a result, I’m writing fewer weekly...

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Jim Harbaugh is Back in Town – and so is Weapons-Grade Intensity

[Author's Note: This piece is the longer version of my story that ran in the Wall Street Journal, on line Thursday, and in the paper Friday.  http://www.wsj.com/articles/michigans-jim-harbaugh-a-wolverine-is-on-the-loose-1426174025]   When Jim Harbaugh was growing up in Ann Arbor, his father Jack, coached the defensive backs for Bo Schembechler at the University of Michigan. When Jack...

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My Q&A on “ENDZONE: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football.”

NOTE: This week, Brian Cook of MGoBlog asked me a bunch of questions about my upcoming book, “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” which is due out September 1.  The publisher posted it on Amazon and B&N on Monday, and it’s been the #1 football book all week.  You can pre-order it on either of those sites, listed below, or my website.  And we’ll...

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Beilein at his best when conditions at their worst

Under head coach Tom Izzo, the Spartans have been to 17 straight NCAA tournaments, made it to 6 final fours and won it all in 2000 – while graduating 81 percent of his players.  Not too shabby. Thanks partly to the tough schedule Izzo puts together, his teams tend to start slowly and then build up steam as March Madness approaches.  Despite losing Gary Harris and Adreian Payne to the NBA, and...

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