Heisman Trophy trustees and voters blew it again
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Heisman Trophy trustees and voters blew it again

Herd voting results in 16 of past 25 Heisman winners from just seven schools

Photo: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was a special talent worthy of a trip to New York.

Open letter to Heisman Trophy trustees James Corcoran and Brian D. Obergfell:

This letter is for both of you, but I hope you share it with fellow trustees.

Your 929 voters for the Heisman Trophy blew it. Again. Alabama running back Derrick Henry won based on a disturbing herd-voting fueled by ESPN highlights of a candidate playing for a highly ranked team. ... 



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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."