Truck driver father keeps rolling along
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Truck driver father keeps rolling along

Steve Rochell combines work with Air Force and Notre Dame games

Photo: Isaac Rochell (90)

Semi-truck drivers know all the best places to stop across the country. If you accept that axiom, Steve Rochell is an authority on a visiting fan attending college football games.

Rochell owns a semi-truck as an independent contractor. Whenever it’s possible, he combines work with football pleasure to see his sons play. This is his fifth year of traveling coast to coast from his home in McDonough, Georgia, near Atlanta. ... 

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"Of all the stadiums with 70,000 or more people, Michigan State is the most accommodating for fans of any stadium I've been to. It's the east stadium to get to. I found free parking with a shuttle ride to the stadium. I wish they were all like that. I just up i the parking lot, got my car shuttle ticket and I was at the stadium. Michigan State was wonderful; they took a lot of pride the first timing hosting the Air Force Academy. They let Air Force come out last and had a standing ovation. I had an Air Force jersey with Matt’s number. I that was the best Air Force atmosphere I've been to on the road..

"Clemson should be embarrassed the way they treated Notre dame fans. The worst is not even close -- Clemson. First of all it is all spread out. Clemson traffic was terrible. They were in the middle hurricane and we had to walk a mile and half. They didn't provide shuttle buses. 

"It was pouring down rain after the game, but they didn't have any place for parents of visiting players to stand to see your son. We had to stand in the rain. They should have had an area for us to stand out of the rain."

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."