Perfection expectations turn college football ugly
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Perfection expectations turn college football ugly

Pressure long felt at Notre Dame has spread to many programs

Photo: Brian Kelly

One football pearl of wisdom I still accept from Joe Paterno despite the late Penn State coach’s fall from grace stemmed from a postgame media session in 2005 at Michigan.

Penn State lost 27-25 as time expired. Quarterback Chad Henne completed a 10-yard touchdown pass that Mario Manningham plucked out of traffic in the middle of the end zone. Reporters kept asking Paterno the same question in different way. ... 



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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 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."