Long solves SDSU problem defending Air Force
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Long solves SDSU problem defending Air Force

Aztecs own 5-game winning streak enterin MWC championship game

Photo: Rocky Long at SDSU press conference. Photo: Ernie Anderson.

Maybe the late Don Coryell made at least one mistake in his time at San Diego State, compiling a 104-19-2 record in 12 seasons from 1961 to 1972, after all.

He should have brought Rocky Long into his coaching tree by recruiting him out of Alta Loma High in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., in 1968. Instead, Long played quarterback at New Mexico and later coached the Lobos. ... 

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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."