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No football program did more for the integration of college football than Michigan State and head coach Duffy Daugherty and his Underground Railroad. Jimmy Raye was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title in 1966. In the Game of the Century against Notre Dame, Michigan State's roster featured 20 black players with 11 black starters, while Notre Dame's only black player was Alan Page. Until Michigan State changed the face of the game, teams in the South all-white and integrated teams included only a handful of black players. 


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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