Co-Hosts, Experts and Producers
Monday: Graham Couch
Born and raised in Lansing, Graham Couch returned to his hometown in September 2012 to be the Lansing State Journal’s sports columnist. This former Sexton Big Red spent the previous decade covering Western Michigan University and the esteemed Freeport (Ill.) Pretzels. His career goals still include a professional basketball career in Europe.
Tuesday and Thursday: Tom Crawford
Tom Crawford’s career is marked by 25 years of Corporate PR, 10 years of sports talk radio, and 3 years out of the gate as a Houston sportswriter. Tom attributes ALL of his success to that sacred B.A. degree he earned at the University of Michigan. #PureMichiganArrogance
Tuesday: Matt Charboneau
A native of Waterford, Mich., Matt Charboneau has covered everything from high school sports and city council meetings to the Final Four and the Stanley Cup Finals in more than 20 years as a journalist. He began his career at the Lansing State Journal while finishing his degree at Michigan State before spending more than 11 years at The Oakland Press and The Flint Journal. In 2006 he arrived at The Detroit News and was an assistant sports editor before taking over the Michigan State beat in the fall of 2010.
At Issue Tuesdays: Terry Denbow
Terry Denbow is the voice of reason, experience, and sounds the warning of “unintended consequences” every Tuesday on The Drive during our At Issue discussions. Terry came to MSU in 1982 as Director of Public Relations. He later became assistant Vice President for University Relations and held the position of vice president for university relations until his retirement in 2010.
Prior to coming to MSU, Denbow worked for the public relations departments at the University of Alabama and Penn State University. A native of Beaver, Pennsylvania, Terry is an ardent Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan and is a graduate of George Washington University.
Wednesday: Neil Koepke
Neil Koepke, who covers Michigan State hockey for MSUSpartans.com, is one of the longest-tenured and most-respected college hockey journalists in the business. Koepke has covered college hockey for 39 seasons, which includes 25 years as the Michigan State hockey beat writer for the Lansing State Journal. Prior to joining the LSJ, he spent 13 seasons as the University of Michigan beat reporter for the Ann Arbor News and one year as an analyst with Ken Kal, now the voice of the Detroit Red Wings, on Michigan radio broadcasts on WAAM.
Koepke has covered 34 NCAA Frozen Fours, including Michigan State in seven of its Frozen Four appearances (1986, 1987, 1989, 1992, 1999, 2001, and 2007). In all, he has covered thousands of hockey games, from the NHL to the NCAA to the prep level. There is simply no journalist in North America with more hockey knowlege.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Koepke began playing hockey at age 11 and spent one season playing for the Ohio State University freshman team as a goaltender. He graduated from the University of Detroit in 1970.
Friday: Darien Harris
A native of Silver Spring, Md. and alum of DeMatha Catholic, Darien Harris is a former MSU captain, a two-time Big Ten champion, Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl champion and was part of the 2015 MSU squad that reached the College Football Playoff. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in May 2015 and is currently pursuing a second degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science — human capital and society. He brings The Drive’s audience great perspective and insight into what it means to be a championship athlete and leader in a high-profile Big Ten program.
Mick McCabe was a staple for 46 years at The Detroit Free Press, covering primarily high school and college athletics. Known affectionately as the “Son of Swami,” McCabe was the 2010 Michigan Sports Writer of the Year. In April 2014, McCabe became only the fifth sports writer inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Now that Mick has more free time, we a proud to welcome him to the stable of Team Drive co-hosts.
James Edwards III
Born in Flint, Michigan, James Edwards III went on to graduate from Flint Carman-Ainsworth after living in Ypsilanti for 12-plus years.
From there, he went on to study sports journalism at Michigan State where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism in May of 2004. While in college, he worked for isportsweb, the State News and the Lansing State Journal.
He’s been a full-time employee with the Lansing State Journal since 2014 covering high school and some college sports.
A native of St. Clair, graduate of Michigan State and alum of WLNS TV 6 (Lansing) and WTAE (Pittsburgh), Justin is currently a reporter/anchor and host of The Sports Cave on WXYZ TV on Detroit. One of the hardest working reporters in the state, you can see Justin regularly in East Lansing, Ann Arbor and all four Detroit pro sports venues.
Rob Porritt is our coaching expert on The Dean Transportation Power Sweep prep football broadcasts. A former assistant at Haslett and head coach at Perry, Coach Porritt brings a depth of knowledge and a level of experience that sets the Power Sweep apart from most high school football programs.
Doug Warren – The Drive with Jack Ebling and Press Pass with Jack Ebling
The Drive with Jack Ebling and Press Pass would be a rides on the Titanic if not for Doug Warren manning the controls. He is a proud husband and father, an avid reader and a terrible musician. Like many of you, he has the curse of being a Detroit Lions fan. He is The Drive’s official Detroit Lions and NFL historian. He is always studying two topics. One, the history of the Detroit Lions. The second, the history 20th and 21st century Detroit.