Buck Nystrom heading to MSU Hall

EAST LANSING (AP/Mining Journal) – Former Michigan State football player and assistant coach Buck Nystrom of Marquette will be inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame in September.

Michigan State announced Monday that Nystrom will enter the hall, along with wrestler Greg Johnson, football player Flozell Adams, tennis player Sue Selke, softball player Kathy Strahan and gymnast Dave Thor.

The induction ceremony is Sept. 18, and the hall of famers will be recognized Sept. 20 during Michigan State’s football game against Eastern Michigan.

Nystrom coached college football for nearly 40 years, including stints as an assistant at NMU from 1975-80 and 1987-92. He also was an assistant at North Dakota State University, MSU, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Colorado.

Nystrom was a part of five teams to win national championships at the NCAA Division I or II levels, as either a player or coach, including the 1975 Wildcat title team.

As a player, Nystrom earned All-Big Ten, all-America and academic all-America honors with the Michigan State Spartans. He was also a team captain, most valuable player and a two-time Rose Bowl player, including once as the game’s MVP. He was drafted in 1956 by the Washington Redskins of the NFL.