Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA
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Tubby Smith returns to North Carolina for NCAA

Smith returns Texas Tech to NCAA, while Minnesota sits at home in post-season

Photo: Tubby Smith

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith wandered over to the sideline midway through an open team practice Wednesday in preparation for the Red Raiders’ first-round NCAA Tournament game against Butler.

He waved to Texas Tech fans and called out it was good to see them. Others that he greeted were old friends from his early days living in North Carolina. Smith played college ball 90 miles southwest of the state’s capital city at High Point University from 1969 to 1973. He also spent two years coaching at Hoke County High in Raeford, 1977 -78 and 1978-79. ... 

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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."