Representing overlooked side of college sports
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Representing overlooked side of college sports

NC State reliever Chris Williams was ready for his moment

Photo: Chris Williams with his submarine delivery

RALEIGH, N.C. – Sometimes we need to be reminded college athletics is about more than the projected high draft-pick that draws all the attention as a soon-to-be multi-millionaire.

They are the players fans want to hear about and the media happily feeds to them. Analysts such as Jay Bilas exacerbate the culture when they tell us gifted athletes and the power schools that generate the TV ratings should have profits funneled their way. ... 

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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."