The End Game

The End Game

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The End Game discusses race and sports in America with a focus on Michigan State coach Duffy’s Daugherty’s 1960 teams leading college football integration. Duffy’s teams were the sport’s first fully integrated rosters and won national titles in 1965 and 1966. Don’t believe the myths and fiction surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game that aggrandized USC’s role and obfuscated Alabama coach Bear Bryant dragging his feet into the 1970s. The information is taken from “Raye of Light” and my upcoming book, “The Right Thing to Do.”

You’ll find stories debunking the myths, which were made up in the 1980s at the expense of the true 1960s pioneers, such as OVERLOOKED on my website. Click here to purchase Raye of Light.

Co-hosts: Tom Shanahan, award-winning sportswriter. Herman Bulls, West Point graduate, retired U.S. Army Colonel who has been honored numerous times nationally as a top African American executive with JLL, an international firm, in Washington, D.C.

Here is background information on co-host Herman Bulls.

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THE END GAME, EPISODE 5: Jim Proebstle on the Spartans and his older brother, Dick Proebstle.

Jim Proebstle was a tight on Michigan State’s 1965 Rose Bowl team that won the first of back-to-back unbeaten the Big Ten titles and national championships. Jim discusses two emerging football controversies intersecting at Michigan State in the 1960s. One was opportunities for Black quarterbacks. Jim’s older brother Dick played an instrumental role tutoring Jimmy Raye as Michigan State’s quarterback. A concussion Dick suffered in 1964 spring football led to Dick coaching the freshmen team, and he worked with Raye. Jim also wrote a book, Unintended Impact, about his brother’s decent into CTE dementia due to concussions suffered playing football.

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THE END GAME, EPISODE 4: Q&A with Jimmy Raye and Dr. Ben Hartnell’s four history classes at Westerville North (Ohio).

A Q&A with Michigan State Hall of Fame quarterback Jimmy Raye, the South’s first Black quarterback to win a national title and a pioneer Black college and NFL coach, and Dr. Ben Hartnell’s history classes at Westerville North (Ohio) near Columbus.

Hartnell, a Michigan State graduate, used the book “Raye of Light, Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans and the Integration of College Football” as an instructional tool. The students read the book to learn how sports can play a role in the Civil Rights movement.

The four history classes of ninth and 10th graders assembled in a school auditorium on April 26, 2022, for the Zoom call session

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THE END GAME, EPISODE 3: Duffy Daugherty’s Hawaiian Pipeline and the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame

Michigan State legacy and KITV4 Island News anchor/reporter Lia Kamana co-hosted with me a discussion on Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty recruiting Hawaii in the 1950s and 1960s and the enshrinements of Charlie Wedemeyer and Tommy Kaulukukui Sr. in the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame on Jan. 21, 2002, in Hawaii. Our guests were Lucy Wedemeyer (upper left) and Tom Kaulukukui Jr. (lower right). Bob Apisa, college football’s first Samoan All-American player with the Spartans, joined us with an audio link.

Charlie Wedemeyer’s Hall of Fame life and wife get call from Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, Dec. 29, 2020.

Video from the 2022 Polynesian Football Hall of Fame that included Charlie Wedemeyer and Tommy Kaulukukui, Jan. 22, 2022

There are two chapters on Duffy Daugherty’s Hawaiian Pipeline in “Raye of Light.” Chapter 13, First Samoan All-American. Chapter 14: The Hawaiian Pipeline. Purchase here.


THE END GAME, EPISODE 2: John Feinstein and his new book, “Raise a Fist, Take a Knee.” This is the best-selling author’s 44th book.

John Feinstein’s books include “A Season on the Brink” about Indiana basketball, “A Civil War” about the Army-Navy Game rivalry, “The Legend’s Club on Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski and Mike Valvano and “The Back Roads to March” on unsung mid-major NCAA heroes.

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THE END GAME, EPISODE 1: Gary Steele, the first Black football letterman at West Point, is a retired U.S. Army Colonel. For this episode, he is an honorary passenger on Michigan State’s Underground Railroad. He’s a true 1960s pioneer.

The West Point Athletics Hall of Famer Gary Steele was Army football’s first Black varsity letterman from 1966 to 1968 and a 6-9 high jumper on the track and field team.

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Click here for video on August Publications books by Rick Gosselin, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler and Tom Shanahan


Game Changers is a video produced by Michigan State Athletics for MSU Hall of Fame induction of Jimmy Raye, the South’s first Black quarterback to win a national title. Raye, from Fayetteville, N.C., went on to a coaching career as a pioneering Black college and NFL assistant. It is narrated by Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, who considered Raye a mentor.


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Michigan State players from the 1965 and 1966 seasons endorse Alan Haller as athletic director.

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The End Game podcasts aim to reflect Martin Luther King’s words, “we have come a long, long way in our struggle to make justice a reality for all men, but we have a long, long way to go before the problem is solved.” The stories will be about Michigan State leading a college football integration a long way, but all of America still has a long way to go. That is especially evident with the lack of Black head coaches and athletic directors in college and head coaches and general managers in the NFL.

Herman Bulls was the first Black quarterback at Florence High in the early days of Alabama desegregated schools. Army coach Homer Smith recruited to play football, but his years as a Cadet included broadcasting Army basketball games for West Point’s student station covering the Black Knights’ then-unknown coach, Mike Krzyzewski. Bulls is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and vice-chairman at JLL, an international real estate company. He has received numerous national awards as leading Black businessman. Click here to read more about him.

Tom Shanahan, a Michigan State graduate, grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan, following the Spartans. He is an award-winning sportswriter and author of “Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans and integration of college football.”

Videos posted here TBA.

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