Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC
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Myths that grew out of 1970 Alabama game with USC

Alabama was swept up in the tide integration following Michigan State's leading role with championship teams in 1965 and 1966.

Photo: Eight years after Alabama's campus was integrated, Bear Bryant's team was tied for sixth among SEC football teams to integrate.

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the USC-Alabama game that grew into mythical proportions long after it was played Sept. 12, 1970.

The enduring myth is Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant made a calculated move inviting USC as the first integrated team to play at Legion Field in Birmingham. When USC routed Alabama 42-21, Bryant slyly demonstrated to Alabama’s fans it was time to recruit black athletes. ... 

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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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