Matt Skura handled Duke media role in tough times
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Matt Skura handled Duke media role in tough times

Blue Devils' senior center played role as captain and spokesman

Photo: Duke senior center Matt Skura earned All-ACC honors as a junior.

DURHAM, N.C. — Each Tuesday, Duke coach David Cutcliffe and three or four players meet with the media at the Brooks Football Building. They rehash the last week’s game and look ahead to the upcoming opponent.

Most weeks, media relations department officials Art Chase and Sarah Fetters asked senior center Matt Skura to take part. The team captain’s patience made him a go-to guy. Duke never had to worry about him “pulling an Ezekiel Elliott”

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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."