Clemson survives Syracuse on a day of partity
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Clemson survives Syracuse on a day of partity

Older and younger college fans alike unable to accept some close games

Photo: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said it all about the age of parity in college football during post-game remarks that followed escaping upset-minded Syracuse.

“It’s not a beauty pageant,” he said of the 34-27 victory Saturday at the Carrier Dome. “That’s la-la land. This is football. ... 



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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, 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


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