North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth
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North Carolina and NC State looking for their Lennie Rosenbluth

North Carolina evolved into a basketball state following the Tar Heels' 1957 NCAA title

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Larry Fedora is five years into rebuilding North Carolina and Dave Doeren four into his effort at N.C. State, but the state’s top high school talent still leave home to cross the border for more nationally prominent programs.

The perception problem hasn’t changed much from 2012, Fedora’s first season, when running back Todd Gurley left Tarboro for Georgia, and 2016, when Wake Forest defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence signed with ACC rival Clemson. Clemson, Alabama and N.C. State were the final three for Lawrence, the No. 2 overall recruit in the nation. ... 

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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."