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Podcast with College Football Pros

College Football Pros interview on book Raye of Light and role of Michigan State

Photo: Bubba Smith before his senior year in 1966.

Podcast with College Football Pros on Raye of Light

Thanks to College Football Pros for having me on a podcast to discuss Raye of Light, a book on Michigan State's leading role in the integration of college.

Bubba Smith, the Spartans' College Football Hall of Famer and the first overall pick of the 1967 NFL Draft, was a particular favorite of the host, Nicholas Volinchak. Bubba's name recognition has endured beyond his football career with younger generations from his Miller Lite commercials and Police Academy movies.  

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."