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James Owens and his overshadowed history

James Owens and his overshadowed history

No singular figure or moment represents the integration of college football, but Jerry LeVias stands out for encompassing so much history in a tumultuous fight for equal opportunity – at least on the playing field. His story also is unique for crossing paths with influential...

My podcast appearance on Get Off My Pylon

My podcast appearance on Get Off My Pylon

Thanks to Matt Zemek for having me as a guest on his podcast. Click here:https://www.patreon.com/posts/37500398We discussed Raye of Light, college football integration in the South, Army, Navy and Air Force football, the legacy of Don Coryell at San Diego State before moving on...

Trailblazers and integrating SEC end zones

Trailblazers and integrating SEC end zones

No singular figure or moment represents the integration of college football, but Jerry LeVias stands out for encompassing so much history in a tumultuous fight for equal opportunity – at least on the playing field. His story also is unique for crossing paths with influential...

LeVias and his brave place  among trailblazers

LeVias and his brave place among trailblazers

No singular figure or moment represents the integration of college football, but Jerry LeVias stands out for encompassing so much history in a tumultuous fight for equal opportunity – at least on the playing field. His story also is unique for crossing paths with influential...

How MLK helped LeVias and Fry change SWC

How MLK helped LeVias and Fry change SWC

No singular figure or moment represents the integration of college football, but Jerry LeVias stands out for encompassing so much history in a tumultuous fight for equal opportunity – at least on the playing field. His story also is unique for crossing paths with influential...

KJ Osborn and his many moves lands in NFL

KJ Osborn and his many moves lands in NFL

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 SHANAHANYpsilanti Lincoln...

The 1967 NFL Draft changed the face of league

The 1967 NFL Draft changed the face of league

A half-century ago the NFL Draft was so simple NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle stood at a chalkboard in a New York hotel ballroom. He scrawled names in chalk as they were called out.The anticipation hovering over the draft was not about who would go where. It was relief players...

Duke turns digital to help with draft process

Duke turns digital to help with draft process

The past week NFL general managers and their scouts, prior to social distancing, assembled in a room to tie up loose ends prior to making their draft picks. The gatherings include “readings” to finalize their strategy. Scouts read their evaluations of players that ranged from...

Cutcliffe learning technology is his friend

Cutcliffe learning technology is his friend

The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out more than spring football. How are prognosticators to forecast the 2020 season?Returning starters -- most importantly a veteran quarterback -- are the conventional methods to predict a college football team’s upcoming season, but this is an...

Bobby Mitchell was another Green Book story

Bobby Mitchell was another Green Book story

I always say people don't realize how recent was segregation until it is pointed out to them men like Bobby Mitchell and Jimmy Raye, along with Raye's Michigan State teammates now in their 70s, are still walking around.Now, Mitchell is gone, joining other pioneers.Mitchell was...