Beamer and Virginia Tech seniors celebrate
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Beamer and Virginia Tech seniors celebrate

Players recruited by their old coach won title they expected

Photo: Sam Rogers

Virginia Tech seniors such as fullback Sam Rogers expected more when they came to Blacksburg to play for Frank Beamer, but they have finished their college football careers with at least this year’s ACC Coastal title.

Rogers, the inspirational leader of the team as a walk-on who became a starter and four-year letterman, never expressed disappointment publicly, but deep down the older players had to be disappointed that they were a mediocre football team and anomalies to a coaching legend’s career known as “Beamer Ball. ... 

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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 He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, 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."