Oregon coach honors Polynesian trailblazer
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Oregon coach honors Polynesian trailblazer

Michigan State's Bob Apisa first Samoan All-American on 1965-66 national title teams

Photo: Joe Salave'a

Oregon facing Michigan State football in the Redbox Bowl brings life full circle for Joe Salave'a, the Ducks' associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator. Born in America Samoa, Salave'a grew up fully aware MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Apisa blazed a trail for Samoan and Polynesian athletes.

“It doesn’t take much for Polynesian players to get wind of stories about the older guys,” Salave'a said in phone conversation on Friday. “I have tremendous respect for Mr. Apisa. He seized his opportunity at Michigan State."


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David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."

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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."