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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...

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...

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

MLK stopped at Michigan State between Oslo and Selma

Martin Luther King Jr. visited Michigan State University’s campus and spoke to a full house of 4,000 that greeted him with a standing ovation on Feb. 11, 1965 at The Auditorium. Only two months earlier King had accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway. Over the next month...

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

Dean and Duffy shared MLK Dream

I was 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. I learned Michigan State football coach Duffy Daugherty and Smith shared much in...

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

The Big O and Jumpin Johnny wrote history to recognize

Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week at Raleigh's storied Holliday Gym on Broughton High's campus.I...