My story from Sept. 21, 2019 in the Detroit Free Press. I don't usually like stories about athletes jumping around between schools, but it paid off for K.J. Osborn. The Minnesota Vikings took Osborn in the fifth round with the 176th overall pick.
By TOM SHANAHAN
Ypsilanti Lincoln High’s athletic identity is more basketball than football, especially these days, thanks to Emoni Bates.
Bates is a sophomore hoops star who led the Railsplitters to last season’s Division I state title, and ranked the nation’s No. 1 recruit in the class of 2022.
“I know Emoni Bates,” said K.J. Osborn, the University of Miami’s leading receiver. “He’s a great kid.
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-- 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.”