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James Owens and his overshadowed history

James Owens and his overshadowed history

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...

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...

Trailblazers and integrating SEC end zones

Trailblazers and integrating SEC end zones

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...

LeVias and his brave place  among trailblazers

LeVias and his brave place among trailblazers

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...

How MLK helped LeVias and Fry change SWC

How MLK helped LeVias and Fry change SWC

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...

KJ Osborn and his many moves lands in NFL

KJ Osborn and his many moves lands in NFL

My story from Sept. 21, 2019 in the Detroit Free Press. I don't usually like stories about athletes jumping around between schools, but it paid off for K.J. Osborn. The Minnesota Vikings took Osborn in the fifth round with the 176th overall pick.By TOM SHANAHANYpsilanti Lincoln...

Discussing Willie Ray Smith on Drive with Jack

Discussing Willie Ray Smith on Drive with Jack

Click here to listen to the interviewStories:Part I: Willie Ray Smith, Bubba Smith's father, left a legacy beyond footballPart II: Texas royalty, Darrell Royal, turned uncommon man, Willie Ray Smith, with a common nameThanks to Jack Ebling and The Drive with Jack for having me on...

Texas royalty turned to an uncommon man

Texas royalty turned to an uncommon man

Part I:  Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond footballMy segment on The Drive with Jack, Lansing, Mich., sports radio-- Willie Ray Smith Sr. was one of the southern black high school coaches that laid the tracks to Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s Underground...

Part III of Dierdorf interview is on Brady Hoke

Part III of Dierdorf interview is on Brady Hoke

Dan Dierdorf agreed to an interview to discuss Don Coryell and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the College and Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle knows so much football, I brought up another coach in addition to Coryell and Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty....

Duffy and Woody missed what Bump noticed

Duffy and Woody missed what Bump noticed

Imagine if Duffy Daugherty or Woody Hayes spotted Dan Dierdorf’s Big Ten potential. What if they had offered the offensive tackle from Glenwood High in Canton, Ohio, a scholarship? At the time, Michigan coach Bump Elliott was one of the few to do so. Elliott’s foresight was Bo...