Houston poised to make noise in Texas
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Houston poised to make noise in Texas

Cougars can raise profile with bowl win lifting final rankings

Photo: Houston coach Tom Herman

Houston Coach Tom Herman’s recruiting pitch, particularly in the state of Texas, is already a solid one.

The first-year coach no doubt has highlighted a 2015 season that features national rankings, an AAC title and a 12-1 record. That’s a pretty picture compared to unranked Texas with its 5-7 season that missed out on a bowl bid, unranked Texas Tech at 7-6 with an embarrassing 56-27 bowl loss to LSU and unranked Texas A&M (8-4), which tied for fifth in the SEC West at 4-4. ... 

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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 Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com 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."