Collins earns notice as coach of the year
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Collins earns notice as coach of the year

Northwestern closing in on school's first NCAA hoop tournament

Photo: Chris Collins

A few years back Bill Carmody’s Northwestern teams flirted with Top 25 rankings and posted two 20-win seasons. Anticipation heated up that Wildcats might earn an NCAA bid for the first time in school history.

The 2009-10 team earned the school’s first Top 25 ranking since 1969. The Wildcats cracked the Associated Press poll on Dec. 28, 2009 at No. 25. That began the NCAA talk on the way to the first 20-win season in school history. ... c

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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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