Colleges make more than gesture opening practice to students
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Colleges make more than gesture opening practice to students

NC State and Michigan State among schools involving students

Photo: Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo joined the student football section.

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren tried something different in this era of paranoid football coaches closing practice to the media and fans.

His Wolfpack’s Leadership Council, which is made up of players representing all four classes and positions, requested he open practice to the school’s students. Doeren agreed for the Aug. 21 workout before he shut down generic fall camp workouts and began preparations behind closed doors for the opener against Troy Sept. 5 at Carter-Finley Stadium. ... 

Click here for the rest of my story on colleges needing to make efforts to keep student fans involved.

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."