Coastal Carolina bounces an SEC school
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Coastal Carolina bounces an SEC school

Mid-majors Coastal Carolina and UC Santa Barbara tough on n SEC and ACC

Photo: Coastal Carolina's Michael Paez

Coastal Carolina joined UC Santa Barbara as a mid-major gaining its first College World Series trip to Omaha, Neb., with two-game sweeps of national seeds from Power 5 conferences.

The Chanticleers followed Saturday’s 11-8 win over No. 8 national seed LSU with a 4-3 victory Sunday night on a walk-off single by shortstop Michael Paez, one of six Chanticleers taken in the Major League Baseball Draft. Gary Gilmore envisioned this day when named the head coach at his alma mater 21 years ago and promised to elevate the program. ... 

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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."