Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy
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Myths and folklore that cost Duffy true legacy

Michigan State coach's Underground Railroad led integration of college football

Photo: Clinton Jones, Bob Apisa, Bubba Smith and George Webster with Duffy Daugherty

USC and Alabama play Saturday night at JerryWorld in Arlington, Texas. The encrusted myths encasing the 1970 USC-Alabama game played at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama, are being dusted off.

Revisionist history in the media created among fans the idea that Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant slyly sought to spur lily-white Crimson Tide fans into accepting desegregation with a loss suffered at the hands of USC’s integrated roster. ... 

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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."