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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...

Iconic QB  says no national champ this year

Iconic QB says no national champ this year

Tom Shanahan, Special to Detroit Free PressTerry Hanratty answered his cell phone with a muffled voice. Quarterbacks don’t speak softly, but Hanratty wore a mask while shopping at his local market. He has been masked up since surviving his toughest foe, the COVID-19 virus.“I feel...

Join an Underground Railroad Discussion

Join an Underground Railroad Discussion

Signup link to the West Michigan Spartans Alumni Club pageThanks to the West Michigan Spartans Alumni Club for inviting me to appear on its Facebook page speaker series. I'll be answering any and all questions about how Duffy Daugherty's Michigan State Underground Railroad teams...

Steele and his place among 1960s trailblazers

Steele and his place among 1960s 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...

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...

LeVias and McClain integrated SEC end zones

LeVias and McClain integrated 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...

Underground Railroad and brush with LeVias

Underground Railroad and brush with LeVias

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 1967 NFL Draft changed the face of league

The 1967 NFL Draft changed the face of league

A half-century ago the NFL Draft was so simple NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle stood at a chalkboard in a New York hotel ballroom. He scrawled names in chalk as they were called out.The anticipation hovering over the draft was not about who would go where. It was relief players...

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...