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USA Today features Jimmy Raye as trailblazer

USA Today features Jimmy Raye as trailblazer

Many thanks to USA Today ’s NFL writer Jarrett Bell for his excellent story on Jimmy Raye in the USA Today’s Special Edition for Black History Month. Click here: USA Today on-line version of Jimmy Raye feature written by USA Today writer Jarrett Bell. The story, with...

Colts Hamilton pays back man who opened door to NFL coaching

Colts Hamilton pays back man who opened door to NFL coaching

A light drizzle fell midway through the 12th annual Jimmy Raye Youth Foundation free football cmp as NFL coaches and players ran kids through drills Tuesday at Raye's alma mater, E.E. Smith High in Fayetteville, N.C.Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, a Howard...

Purchase Raye of Light Today

Purchase Raye of Light Today

Praise for Raye of Light from the Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and more media outlets.Raye of Light available from Barnes and Noble, Amazon.come and from the publisher. Click below for publisher's site:http://rayeoflightbook.com/ordering-information/Click for...

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week in Raleigh.I wondered how many of the elite high school players --...

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

The frame of reference of today’s college football players dates merely two decades, meaning it is not necessarily unusual to see African-American Ruffin McNeal lead East Carolina into a bowl game as the Pirates’ head coach.But such a moment is significant when it's the...

Shanahan enjoys homecoming book signing

Shanahan enjoys homecoming book signing

By Greg Buckner, Pioneer Sports Editor   Growing up in Big Rapids in the 1960s, Tom Shanahan was a big Michigan Stazte football fan and one of his favorite memories was watching the “Game of the Century” between the top two teams in the nation in the Spartans and Notre...

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

Elsworth shares his moment with Thornhill family

In this age of social media you would think Kyler Elsworth and Nay Thornhill would have talked by now. Elsworth is the Michigan State’s Rose Bowl Defensive MVP from the 2013 the New Year’s Day win over Stanford in Pasadena. Nay is the younger brother of the late Charlie “Mad...

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Duffy steered unlikely Akers Raye pairing at Wyoming

Some of the highest praise in the coaching profession for Jimmy Raye is offered by former Texas coach Fred Akers, an unlikely source considering their backgrounds. They grew up on opposite sides of segregation as athletes and later as young coaches, but their paths did cross in...

Video Historical Society of Greater Lansing book discussion

Video Historical Society of Greater Lansing book discussion

Click here for link in Lansing's City Pulse on Raye of Light http://www.lansingcitypulse.com/lansing/article-10579-the-integration-of-spartan-nation.html Click on Youtube video below from book discussion, Q and A and book signing at downtown library in Lansing, Mi. Purchase...

Michigan State journalism grad returns homecoming weekend

Michigan State journalism grad returns homecoming weekend

Michigan State journalism graduate Tom Shanahan is featured in this story written for the website of the Michigan State School of Communication Arts and Science. Shanahan appeared on campus on Sept. 22 to speak on his book "Raye of Light" during the homecoming weekend....