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Timing right to reexamine Bear Bryant folkore

Timing right to reexamine Bear Bryant folkore

PART VIParts I, II, III, IV and V links at the bottom.Podcast on the impact on Michigan State's Underground Railroad and the southern Black high school coaches that laid the tracks* * * “Although no one in the documentary says it, there seems to be a feeling that Southern...

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...

Bobby Mitchell was another Green Book story

Bobby Mitchell was another Green Book story

I always say people don't realize how recent was segregation until it is pointed out to them men like Bobby Mitchell and Jimmy Raye, along with Raye's Michigan State teammates now in their 70s, are still walking around.Now, Mitchell is gone, joining other pioneers.Mitchell was...

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...

Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond football

Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond football

Part II: Texas royalty turned to uncommon manESPN and The Undefeated credits Michigan State's Underground RailroadMy segment on The Drive with Jack on sports radio in Lansing, Mich., on the influence of Willie Ray Smith-- Willie Ray Smith Sr. was one of the southern black...

My Michigan State history letter to Mel Tucker

My Michigan State history letter to Mel Tucker

To Coach Mel Tucker:Welcome back to Michigan State.Your two seasons as a graduate assistant in the 1997 and 1998 seasons on Nick Saban's football staff provided time to learn more about the school than we know about you upon returning. So I'm wondering how much you learned...

Black History Month in NC with Raye of Light

Black History Month in NC with Raye of Light

Thanks to Spectrum Sports weekend anchor J.B. Ricks Sr. ( @JB_Ricks ) for having me on Chevrolet Sunday Sports Night, the cable network  in the Raleigh-Durham area (Channel 14 on cable). On the show that recognized Black History Month we discussed Michigan State's Jimmy Raye...

Michigan State hired the best if not first choice

Michigan State hired the best if not first choice

I knew Mel Tucker spent the past year as Colorado’s football coach. I knew he coached with Nick Saban at Alabama. What I didn’t know until Michigan State hired him in Wednesday's surprise announcement was the Saban coaching tree with a Mel Tucker branch sprouted from Michigan...

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

--- Why do I write so much debunking the myths and fiction surrounding Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabam game? The answer is simple: History has failed to properly credit College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty, his Michigan State Underground Railroad players and...

Bryant myth overlooked Greg Pruitt and more

Bryant myth overlooked Greg Pruitt and more

#DUFFY Forty-four Michigan State Underground Railroad facts--- Why do I write so much debunking the myths and fiction surrounding Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabam game? The answer is simple: History has failed to properly credit College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy...