Looking ahead to the AAC Tournament
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Looking ahead to the AAC Tournament

SMU and Cincinnati are both projected as No. 5 seeds in NCAA bracket

Photo: Semi Ojeleye

His name is Semi Ojeleye, but there is nothing semi about SMU’s transfer from Duke who is fully the best basketball player on the AAC’s regular-season championship team.

In Texas, Semi is an ironic antonym to half, thanks to the great Dan Jenkins and his iconic football novel from the 1970s, Semi-Tough. (If that’s before you were born, you should still read it.) The characters in the book define “semi” as fully tough. ... 

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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."