Photo: Gene Washington as a young Spartan in 1966 and when recognized at a Michigan State game with his 2011 College Football Hall of Fame plaque.
Note: Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin, a Michigan State grad, wrote about Gene Washington and other Spartans recruited by Duffy Daugherty out of segregated Texas in his Dec. 25 column before the Cotton Bowl.
Thanks to Rick Gosselin for Twitter post on Raye of Light
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-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It explains Duffy Daugherty's untold pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.
Don’t believe the myths at Duffy Daugherty’s expense about Bear Bryant’s motivation to play the 1970 USC-Alabama game or myths about the Charlie Thornhill-for-Joe Namath trade. Bear Bryant knew nothing about black talent in the South while he dragged his feet on segregation.
David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."