Photo: Jimmy Raye with Duffy Daugherty
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 of Fayetteville's E..E. Smith and the story of the Underground Railroad.
Raye, recruited by Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty during segregation, was the South's first black quarterback to win a national title. When Michigan State and Notre Dame played to a 10-10 tie in the 1966 Game of the Century, the National Football Foundation named the Spartans and Irish, both with 9-0-1 record, national co-champions.
Raye of Light
Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State and the integration of college football
Foreword: Tony Dungy
In addition to breaking ground as a black quarterback, Raye was a pioneer among black assistant coaches in college and the NFL. Daugherty brought him back to campus in 1972 after a brief NFL career.
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Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light http://tinyurl.com/knsqtqu
-- Book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college football. It explains Duffy Daugherty's untold pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.
Don’t believe the myths at Duffy Daugherty’s expense about Bear Bryant’s motivation to play the 1970 USC-Alabama game or myths about the Charlie Thornhill-for-Joe Namath trade. Bear Bryant knew nothing about black talent in the South while he dragged his feet on segregation.
David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in.”