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Alabama and USC fiction eclipsed trailblazers

Alabama and USC fiction eclipsed trailblazers

Part VIParts I, II, III, IV and V links at the bottom.* * * “Although no one in the documentary says it, there seems to be a feeling that Southern Cal’s rout of Alabama was the shock that the University and a majority of the fans needed to support integration of the football...

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...

LeVias and McClain integrated SEC end zones

LeVias and McClain integrated 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...

Revolving door atop of rankings starts season

Revolving door atop of rankings starts season

DURHAM – Get ready for revolving door of college basketball teams occupying the No. 1 chair in national rankings. Unless, that is, Duke’s pressure defense has something to say about the upcoming weeks. The No. 2-ranked Blue Devils are poised to become the third No. 1 team in...

Duke football and UNC play elimination game

Duke football and UNC play elimination game

By Tom Shanahan Special to the TimesDURHAM — Duke football expected to contend for the ACC Coastal Division title, especially after opening conference play with an encouraging 45-10 win over Virginia Tech. But then came last week’s crushing 48-14 loss toVirginia.In between those...

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

A Michigan State fifth-year senior and an Auburn junior slew a pair of NBA Combine team dragons, leaving Duke and Kentucky short of an NCAA title – not to mention a Final Four – a fourth straight year. Experience still matters most in college basketball. Michigan State’s Kenny...

Duke sticking point is Jones Family PG Glue

Duke sticking point is Jones Family PG Glue

The headlines, TV replays and talking head superlatives feature Zion Williamson, but it all overlooks a dose of Jones Family PG Glue that has held together Duke’s ups-and-downs this season. Duke’s losses can all be traced to how much glue freshman point guard Tre Jones was able...

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

For people waiting to see if North Carolina and Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Roy Williams has the secret formula to slow down Duke, college hoop’s football version of the Alabama Death Star, forget digging into his game-plan history. Syracuse Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Jim...

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

There are no more Magic Johnsons in college basketball. That has been my thought the past decade while watching one-and-done college prospects follow each other like lemmings to the same two schools, Duke or Kentucky. Their paths are considered the easiest to an NCAA title, even...