Collins earns notice as coach of the year
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Collins earns notice as coach of the year

Northwestern closing in on school's first NCAA hoop tournament

Photo: Chris Collins

A few years back Bill Carmody’s Northwestern teams flirted with Top 25 rankings and posted two 20-win seasons. Anticipation heated up that Wildcats might earn an NCAA bid for the first time in school history.

The 2009-10 team earned the school’s first Top 25 ranking since 1969. The Wildcats cracked the Associated Press poll on Dec. 28, 2009 at No. 25. That began the NCAA talk on the way to the first 20-win season in school history. ... c

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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."