Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more
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Banks on Michigan State rivalry with Michigan and more

Former Spartans quarterback on school led by Saban vs. Dantonio

Photo: Tony Banks transitioned into TV work

Tony Banks remembers precisely the moment on Nov. 4, 1995 when he fully understood the Michigan State-Michigan rivalry.

Prior to that day the Spartans’ senior quarterback from San Diego failed to separate Michigan from other Big Ten schools on the schedule. He had grown up far from the Midwestern rivalry that burns in the Great Lakes State

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego,,, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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