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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...

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...

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...

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...

Underground Railroad and brush with LeVias

Underground Railroad and brush with LeVias

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...

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...

Spartans finish where left off five years ago

Spartans finish where left off five years ago

We’re stranded in a basketball wasteland, left longingly to wonder how the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament would have turned out. And, tragically, it’s all necessary for life-and-death reasons – the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, with plenty of time to ponder the possibilities, let’s...

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...