Black History Month in NC with Raye of Light
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Black History Month in NC with Raye of Light

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

Link to my appearance on Spectrum's Chevrolet Sports Night in North Carolina

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.

http://shanahan.report/a/the-case-for-duffy-and-medal-of-freedom

 

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. 

http://www.shanahan.report/a/forty-four-underground-railroad-legacy-facts

http://shanahan.report/a/myths-that-grew-out-of-1970-alabama-game-with-usc

 

http://shanahan.report/a/mystery-solved-in-thornhill-and-namath-myth

 

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer; "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in.”

https://www.augustpublications.com/products/raye-of-light-jimmy-raye-duffy-daugherty-the-integration-of-college-football-and-the-1965-66-michigan-state-spartans

https://www.augustpublications.com/



Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and Chargers.com. He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer, MLB.com, Rivals.com and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications


David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize winner and biographer: "History writes people out of the story. It's our job to write them back in."