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Timing right to reexamine Bear Bryant folkore

Timing right to reexamine Bear Bryant folkore

PART VIParts I, II, III, IV and V links at the bottom.Podcast on the impact on Michigan State's Underground Railroad and the southern Black high school coaches that laid the tracks* * * “Although no one in the documentary says it, there seems to be a feeling that Southern...

Poll vote for Duke reflects Notre Dame respect

Poll vote for Duke reflects Notre Dame respect

By TOM SHANAHAN Poll voting can be misleading. That’s true of both the Associated Press ballots cast by writers and the USA Today tallies from the coaches. In the past decade or so, Michigan has been the butt of overrated scoffs. The Wolverines brought it upon themselves with...

Iconic QB  says no national champ this year

Iconic QB says no national champ this year

Tom Shanahan, Special to Detroit Free PressTerry Hanratty answered his cell phone with a muffled voice. Quarterbacks don’t speak softly, but Hanratty wore a mask while shopping at his local market. He has been masked up since surviving his toughest foe, the COVID-19 virus.“I feel...

Brice brings experience behind shuffled O line

Brice brings experience behind shuffled O line

By TOM SHANAHAN Now the question is if Duke’s offensive line can simulate Clemson’s standards for quarterback Chase Brice. Duke announced Brice, a Clemson graduate transfer, earned the starting job over weekend for Saturday’s opener at No. 10-ranked Notre Dame that has the...

College football continues toward Wild West

College football continues toward Wild West

By TOM SHANAHAN Reports that the Big Ten is considering moving up its football season to starting Thanksgiving weekend was good reason to wonder if college football could get on the same page. Is there a chance for one national championship instead of fall and spring champions?...

Saban titles challenge wrong Alabama legacy

Saban titles challenge wrong Alabama legacy

By TOM SHANAHAN Everybody loved the late Bum Phillips -- a Hall-of-Fame quipster and folksy NFL head coach with the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. Here’s quintessential Phillips, enshrined in college football lore, explaining Alabama legend Paul “Bear” Bryant’s coaching...

College football national titles back to  future

College football national titles back to future

By TOM SHANAHAN Crowning a college football national champion appears headed “Back to the Future.” Duke coach David Cutcliffe was asked during a Zoom interview following Friday’s practice if college football can have a national champion with some conferences playing in the fall...

Duke and Notre Dame practice mitigation

Duke and Notre Dame practice mitigation

College football seems one COVID-19 outbreak away from shutting down without a 2020 season, but two teams that so far appear to have avoided pratfalls plaguing other campuses are Duke and Notre Dame. Conveniently, the ACC’s revised schedule has Duke traveling to South Bend to...

LeVias speaks from experience seeing noose

LeVias speaks from experience seeing noose

By TOM SHANAHAN Jerry LeVias knows how it feels to see nooses directed at him. The College Football Hall of Famer and six-year NFL veteran spoke from experience on Bubba Wallace’s NASCAR crew finding a noose at his Talladega Speedway garage In 1966, a cluster of Texas football...

Steele and his place among 1960s trailblazers

Steele and his place among 1960s 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...