South Carolina gains advantage riding bus
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South Carolina gains advantage riding bus

Duke and North Carolima usually enjoy the edge playing in backyard

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The NCAA Tournament is called the Big Dance, but for such a fancy date Frank Martin and his South Carolina basketball players are happy to travel by bus instead of a haughtier NCAA-chartered jet.

South Carolina has improbably found itself with a quasi-home team for the first two rounds if the Gamecocks win their opener against Marquette Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. It’s just a 103-mile bus drive from their Columbia campus to Greenville. ... 

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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

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