West needs help from Arizona and UCSB
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West needs help from Arizona and UCSB

Wildcats advances to CWS, Santa Barbara upsets Louisville

Photo: UC Santa Barbara celebrates

A gaping hole marks the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament. It’s longer than any divide the feared San Andreas Fault could open. The span is from Seattle in the Pacific Northwest to the Arizona desert.

Only four Pac-12 schools made the 64-team bracket. None of them claimed one of the 16 Regional home seeds or the eight national seeds to host a Super Regional if they won their regional. Only Arizona advanced to the Super Regionals. ... 



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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 Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com 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."