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LeVias and integrating end zones in the South

LeVias and integrating end zones in the South

No singular figure or moment represents the integration of college football, but Jerry LeVias stands out for encompassing so much history in a tumultuous fight for equal opportunity – at least on the playing field. His story also is unique for crossing paths with influential...

The truth about Jerry Coleman

The truth about Jerry Coleman

--- This is my story from May 20, 2008 in recognition of Jerry Coleman and Memorial Day. Note: Coleman passed away Jan. 5, 2014, eight months shy of his 90th birthday.SAN DIEGO -- Don’t let Jerry Coleman fool you.If you judged his baseball career by what he says on radio...

My podcast appearance on Get Off My Pylon

My podcast appearance on Get Off My Pylon

Thanks to Matt Zemek for having me as a guest on his podcast. Click here:https://www.patreon.com/posts/37500398We discussed Raye of Light, college football integration in the South, Army, Navy and Air Force football, the legacy of Don Coryell at San Diego State before moving on...

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

I was still researching and writing “Raye of Light” when North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith was named to receive the Medal of Freedom in a White House ceremony with President Obama in 2013.In addition to detailing Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty’s...

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

McNeill recognizes path Raye helped clear to Birmingham

The frame of reference of today’s college football players dates merely two decades, meaning it is not necessarily unusual to see African-American Ruffin McNeal lead East Carolina into a bowl game as the Pirates’ head coach.But such a moment is significant when it's the...

Pete Newell brought out best in Bob Knight

Pete Newell brought out best in Bob Knight

We saw the best of Bob Knight Tuesday night in San Diego. We saw why his players and those who know him are so loyal to him despite his many controversies.You won't see a more or quick-witted and sarcastic man than Knight, if you’re fortunate to be in his presence other than a...