North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth
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North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

North Carolina evolved into a basketball state following the Tar Heels' 1957 NCAA title

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Larry Fedora is five years into rebuilding North Carolina and Dave Doeren four into his effort at N.C. State, but the state’s top high school talent still leave home to cross the border for more nationally prominent programs.

The perception problem hasn’t changed much from 2012, Fedora’s first season, when running back Todd Gurley left Tarboro for Georgia, and 2016, when Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence signed with ACC rival Clemson. Clemson, Alabama and N.C. State were the final three for Lawrence, the No. 2 overall recruit in the nation. ... 

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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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