Black History Month story from The Athletic
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Black History Month story from The Athletic

'Michigan State and Jimmy Raye changed history together, in ways that went beyond football'

Photo: Jimmy Raye at halftime of Michigan State's Hall of Fame weekend

Thanks to The Athletic for a story on Jimmy Raye and citing "Raye of Light."

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The lobby of the Wharton Center for Performing Arts is buzzing on this late-September evening. Cameras are flickering in the near background. Chatter is building with each passing minute. In a few short hours, a full-circle moment over 50 years in the making will finally arrive. ... click link to continue reading.


Colton Pouncy's story in The Athletic: Michigan State and Jimmy Raye changed history, in ways that went beyond football

My comment at the end of this story:

Great job, Colton, The story of Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad and his passengers can never be overstated. Those teams led the integration of college football, but unfortunately revisionist history centered on myths about the 1970 USC-Alabama game (played on Saturday night with no TV) have usurped credit that belongs to Daugherty and his Underground Railroad players. Those teams belong on the Mt. Rushmore of American teams that opened doors and minds to integration. Bubba Smith was the most famous of the players, but Jimmy Raye broke barriers as a black quarterback and black coach in college and the NFL. -- Tom Shanahan


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Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu

-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It explains Duffy Daugherty's untold pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

http://shanahan.report/a/the-case-for-duffy-and-medal-of-freedom

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He 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. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented 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. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."