Five observations as Pirates enter bye week
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Five observations as Pirates enter bye week

Ahlers establishes leadership role; Herring in concussion protocol

Photo: Holton Ahlers

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent

GREENVILLE -- Holton Ahlers provided East Carolina fans hope as the hometown kid that turned down ACC, SEC and Big Ten schools. The D.H. Conley High gradute was a recruiting coup for coach Scottie Montgomery.

Now, Montgomery is holding on to that hope with his midseason commitment to Ahlers. The 6-foot-3, 236-pound true freshman quarterback threw for 406 yards and ran for 69 in his first career start, a 37-10 loss to Central Florida Saturday night at Dowdy-Ficklen. ... 

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Tom Shanahan, Author: Raye of Light

-- 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.

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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 He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, 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."