Thanks to David Squires for his story in The Undefeated on Duffy Daugherty and his Underground Railroad teams and crediting "Raye of Light."
I've found most older media accept Bear Bryant folklore over the reality that he dragged his feet on integration. The Bryant folklore and entrenched myths surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game, with a fictional narrative created and successfully promoted by former USC player John Papadakis, have overshadowed Daugherty's story and denied the College Football Hall of Fame coach and his players their rightful place in history leading the integration of college football.
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Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu
-- 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.”