I’m telling you, I don’t know what’s happened to football coaches names anymore. They’ve gone and gotten themselves called things like Mike and John and Pat and Mark and Rich.
Don’t they know that properly-named football coaches answer to Knute and Bo and Woody and Bear? Or Biggie and Duffy?
Certainly not Darryl.
Thirty years ago, there was a Darryl in our midst; twenty years ago, he faded away, and mercifully so.
But Darryl Rogers made a mark around these parts. Better put that more often than not, he left a mark.
Duffy was gone in 1978 – Duffy Daugherty, that is, the head football coach at
After Denny proved mostly ineffective – including managing to get the football program placed on probation – he was swept out the door and this dude from small
No one knew much about Darryl. Quickly, though, it was evident that a physical quirk forced him to talk out of one side of his mouth, literally. Eventually, we’d discover that a character flaw meant that he talked out of both sides, figuratively. But I digress.
Yet the Spartans were still losing football games again when the 1978 season began. Ready or not, they were on a collision course with their in-state rivals, the Michigan Wolverines, for a tilt in mid-October. The game would be played in
The comment caused a low boil on
Except that when the day was done, the Spartans/Generals had whipped Bo Schembechler’s boys, 24-15. In
Rogers: Hard to tell if he's packing or unpacking
The Spartans faltered in 1979, and that’s when Darryl Rogers revealed that he could, indeed, talk out of both sides of his mouth after all. Rumors started to swirl that
Two things are certain in October in this state: the leaves fall, and so do the Spartans. It’s becoming an annual tradition: MSU starts fast, then fades. They raise hopes, then crush them. This year, a 6-1 start turned sour when the
Yet it won’t surprise too many people if the Spartans lose Saturday – not true football historians, anyway. MSU has perfected the art of spoiling promising seasons for themselves.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio is a nice man, by all appearances. Definitely not one to create bulletin board fodder with accusations of being arrogant or posteriors. Or both. He’s smarter than to think his team has this one in the bag, even if they do.
Besides, his name is Mark and his counterpart is named Rich. That’s not a rivalry, that’s a business lunch.
Let’s see if the Spartans belch it back up, once again.