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Bacon: Lions' mediocrity worse than a losing streak; UM's record-breaking freshman kicker

Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon recaps the Lions’ surprising win against the Panthers, talks about what the Wolverines need to work on before they face Ohio State, and predicts what’s next for the Spartans after losing to Rutgers on Saturday.


Bacon: The way colleges handle bad coaches is criminally irresponsible

Plenty of pundits have raged about the soaring salaries of college coaches, and rightly so. Over the past three decades, the average football coach’s salary increased tenfold to $2.5 million. That’s about 25 times more than the average college professor earns, whose salary has merely kept pace with inflation. Today the highest paid public employee in 39 states is either a basketball coach or a football coach.


Bacon: Mid-season Michigan football check-in

When we last checked in with the Michigan football team four weeks ago, the Wolverines had just lost to 12th-ranked Notre Dame, then crushed Western Michigan. But the Wolverines still had more questions than answers, especially after coming off a disappointing 8-5 season the year before.


EMU the bright spot in football for Michigan

Two weeks ago, Michigan football was ranked 14th. Michigan State was ranked 11th. The Detroit Lions were supposed to improve with a new coach, and Eastern Michigan was expected to slide back to mediocrity ways.


Bacon: Press thought Urban Meyer would be fired, but championships trump dishonesty

As summer begins to wind down, the fall football season is firing up. Michigan State will kick off its season this Friday at home against the Utah State Aggies. On Saturday, Michigan heads to South Bend for its season opener against Notre Dame.


Detroit native proud to be MSU’s first black rodeo queen

Discovering a passion -- and chasing that passion -- can change your life in profound ways. Just ask Michigan State University student Khalilah Smith of Detroit. She discovered horses as a young girl, and then she discovered rodeo.


Muskegon hosts first ever festival celebrating “surf culture” in the Great Lakes

It's been a lot of fun discovering the unique summer festivals happening around the state, celebrating everything from baby food to bologna . This weekend, a festival in Muskegon will celebrate a sport that most people don't associate with the Great Lakes: surfing.


BACON: Urban Meyer will be back in time to coach games

A couple weeks ago, I reported on the Big Ten Media Days, the annual event when every coach tells you what a great off-season his team had – in the weight room, the classroom, and yes, the community. About the only news that seemed to come out of those two days of interviews was Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh’s short, simple answers to exceedingly silly or annoying questions. But we didn’t realize the big story had just been planted under our noses. The first night of the conference, Ohio...


Coach Urban Meyer’s alleged Title IX violation could cost him his job

Ohio State University has put head football coach Urban Meyer on paid leave while the school investigates whether he protected former assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired last week.


Bacon: Members of 1984 Tigers take road less traveled to Baseball Hall of Fame

Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon is back to the grind after enjoying a much-needed summer vacation. Bacon joined Stateside to talk about the long-awaited induction of Detroit Tiger greats Alan Trammell and Jack Morris into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and much more.


A different kind of football rivalry: Manchester United and Liverpool face off at the Big House

This Saturday, thousands of fans will pack Michigan Stadium for a rousing game of football. And it doesn't involve any Wolverines. The game will pit two superstar English soccer teams in the International Champions Cup — Manchester United versus Liverpool — against each other.


Former college football player pushes mental health awareness among UM student athletes

Student-athletes face unique pressures, both on and off the field. But research has found athletes are far less likely than other college students to seek help for mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. Jevon Moore wants to change that. Moore joined Stateside’ s Cynthia Canty to discuss his efforts to shift the culture of college athletics and increase awareness of mental health resources.


Michigan paralympian works to make ballroom dancing to be accessible for everyone

Do not let a spinal cord injury get in the way of achieving your goals. For Cheryl Angelelli, that meant expressing herself through ballroom dancing. Now, she is leading the growth of Para Dance in this country by helping others who live with physical impairment discover the sport.


Mix badminton, ping pong, and wiffle ball, and you’ve got America’s fastest growing sport

It's been called the fastest growing sport in America, and it could be coming to a park or gym near you. The name of the game is pickleball. It was invented in the Pacific Northwest, popularized in the Sun Belt, and has been growing in Michigan for years. So what is it? The hybrid sport borrows from tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. It's played with a wiffle ball, and is known for its inclusive and friendly community.


Bacon: Without apology, MSU’s Nassar settlement “is strictly a business deal”

John U. Bacon joined S tateside to discuss his thoughts on the $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and 332 survivors of abuse by former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Bacon very closely covered Penn State University as it worked its way past the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He came to the studio to compare the two universities, and the different ways they dealt with their unfortunate predicaments.


Bacon: For Lions’ Patricia “the past is not the past” when it comes to sexual assault allegations

New Lions head coach Matt Patricia has found himself at the center of a Detroit News story that reported: he'd been arrested in March 1996 and indicted for aggravated sexual assault. The case collapsed when the accuser decided not to testify.


Michigan and its athletes take center stage in John U. Bacon’s new book

Week after week, month after month, year after year, John U. Bacon has brought his take on sports to us here on Stateside . Talking sports with Bacon has revealed his straight-talking gift of cutting to the heart of the story, of making people understand the struggles, stumbles, and triumphs of those people on the field, the court, and the rink.


Hamtramck home to one of only five original Negro League ballparks still left

For Michigan baseball fanatics, a visit to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull - the site of the original Tiger Stadium - is almost a religious pilgrimage. But there is another baseball field roughly five miles away in Hamtramck that has its own historical significance, and yet is rarely recognized. Mark Harvey , state archivist with the Michigan History Center , and Gary Gillette , an author, founder and president of the non-profit Friends of Historic Hamtramck Stadium , joined Stateside to...


How training in Michigan helped Desiree Linden conquer a wet, windy Boston Marathon

She's the pride of Michigan's running community, and today she's basking in the glow of being the first U.S. woman to win the Boston Marathon in 33 years. Desiree Linden trains with Hansons-Brooks in Rochester Hills. She plowed through wind and rain to finish in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and 54 seconds.


This spring, Detroit sports fans won't have much to look forward to

This is the Season of Our Discontent. Or it would be, if you attached your happiness to Detroit’s professional sports teams. Let’s start with the Pistons. When Bill Davidson bought the team in 1974, the Pistons were bad and getting worse. But Davidson patiently rebuilt the team with the right leaders, and won two NBA titles. Then he hired new leaders, and did it all again, and won another NBA title in 2004. Along the way, they won nine division titles. But ever since Davidson died in 2009,...