Michigan State needs lesson on its own history
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Michigan State needs lesson on its own history

Duffy Daugherty's Underground Railroad led integration of college football

Photo: Clinton Jones, Bob Apisa, Bubba Smith, Duffy Daugherty, Gene Washington, George Webster

Duffy Daugherty rolled over in his grave. Bubba Smith, George Webster and Charlie Thornhill huddled above and wept as they looked down.

The College Football Hall of Fame coach and the legendary players he recruited from the segregated South to Michigan State had to be disturbed by a report from Big Ten media days about a racial problem that infected the Spartans last year


Michigan State needs history lesson on its Underground Railroad

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, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, 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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