Mark Hollis sweeps up with broom Jud Heathcote handed him
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Mark Hollis sweeps up with broom Jud Heathcote handed him

Michigan State athletic director honored with Toner Award for nation's top AD

Photo: Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis.

Michigan State’s Mark Hollis heard himself introduced recently in New York as the recipient of the John L. Toner Award from the National Football Foundation for superior administrative skills. His unique ideas were among the reasons listed.

Then he answered questions about his Spartans’ No. 3-ranked football team and unbeaten No. 1 basketball team. The football team plays No. 2 Alabama in the College Football Playoffs on Dec. 31 in the Cotton Bowl. ... 

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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 He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, 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."