Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame
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Wolfpack defensive line threatens Notre Dame

Long-time coach Steve Logan breaks down NC State's chances to upset Irish

Photo: Bradley Chubb

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s rout of USC last week changed more than the Irish’s national ranking with a climb into the top 10. The Irish are no longer underrated.

Old Notre Dame historically has received the benefit of doubt if not overrated, but a 5-1 start this season wasn’t enough to climb higher than No. 13. The Irish needed to drub USC 49-14 before a prime-time television audience to climb four spots to No. 9 in this week’s Associated Press poll. ... 

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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."