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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...

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...

Discussing Willie Ray Smith on Drive with Jack

Discussing Willie Ray Smith on Drive with Jack

Click here to listen to the interviewStories:Part I: Willie Ray Smith, Bubba Smith's father, left a legacy beyond footballPart II: Texas royalty, Darrell Royal, turned uncommon man, Willie Ray Smith, with a common nameThanks to Jack Ebling and The Drive with Jack for having me on...

Texas royalty turned to an uncommon man

Texas royalty turned to an uncommon man

Part I:  Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond footballMy segment on The Drive with Jack, Lansing, Mich., sports radio-- Willie Ray Smith Sr. was one of the southern black high school coaches that laid the tracks to Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s Underground...

Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond football

Willie Ray Smith left a legacy beyond football

Part II: Texas royalty turned to uncommon manESPN and The Undefeated credits Michigan State's Underground RailroadMy segment on The Drive with Jack on sports radio in Lansing, Mich., on the influence of Willie Ray Smith-- Willie Ray Smith Sr. was one of the southern black...

The NBA latest example of sports leading way

The NBA latest example of sports leading way

What in the world would we do without sports? I’m not referring to replacing our time watching the recently canceled or postponed events that have left the sports world dark. I mean without the leadership of the various sports governing bodies and officials that made the...

My Michigan State history letter to Mel Tucker

My Michigan State history letter to Mel Tucker

To Coach Mel Tucker:Welcome back to Michigan State.Your two seasons as a graduate assistant in the 1997 and 1998 seasons on Nick Saban's football staff provided time to learn more about the school than we know about you upon returning. So I'm wondering how much you learned...

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

Forty four Underground Railroad legacy facts

--- Why do I write so much debunking the myths and fiction surrounding Bear Bryant and the 1970 USC-Alabam game? The answer is simple: History has failed to properly credit College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty, his Michigan State Underground Railroad players and...

Dabo insults his team with Alabama history

Dabo insults his team with Alabama history

“Notre Dame was 8-0 and ranked No. 1; the Spartans were 9-0 and ranked No. 2. Despite the fact that Alabama was also undefeated — and, in fact, would end the 1966 season as the only undefeated Division I team in the country — no one doubted that the winner of the Notre...

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Black History Month and Underground Railroad

Three twitter posts I read in succession were unrelated unless placed in the context of Black History Month. One was from filmmaker Ava DuVernay and the other two about the Texas Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame. In general, they were reminders...