Thomas learned from football at every level
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Thomas learned from football at every level

Thomas has been a player, coach, athletic director and now MEAC Commissioner

Photo: Dennis E. Thomas as a player at Alcorn State

Many pivotal football points influenced Dennis E. Thomas’ lifelong athletics career.

They began as a high school player in Heidelberg, Miss., that earned a scholarship to Alcorn State, a HBCU in Lorain, Miss. He earned All-American honors from the famed Pittsburgh Courier that was long considered the authority on black college football during segregated times and into the 1970. ... 

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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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