UCLA 1961 great untold story as precedent to Missouri
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UCLA 1961 great untold story as precedent to Missouri

Bruins' black players said they would not take field against segregated Alabama

Photo: UCLA's Kermit Alexander, an NFL defensive back, played both ways in the days of single-platoon football in 1961.

A long-forgotten story of the 1961 UCLA football team’s threatened boycott should be remembered this week as a precedent to Missouri’s successfully mounted boycott over campus racial issues.

The stories are the similar, but different. ... 

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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, 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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