Coming Soon: The End Game

Coming Soon: The End Game

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The End Game discusses race and sports in American with a focus on Michigan State coach Duffy’s Daugherty’s 1960 teams leading college football with its first fully integrated rosters.

Co-hosts: Tom Shanahan, award-winning sportswriter. Herman Bulls, West Point graduate, retired Colonel and honored numerous times as one of the nation’s top African-American businessmen.

Read my past story on Herman Bulls for background on his career.


EPISODE 1: Gary Steele, Army’s first Black football letterman and West Point Athletics Hall of Famer. This episode discusses Steele’s pioneering career and the meritocracy of the West Point and the U.S. Army.

The video has been recorded and will be posted upon editing. Please check back soon or follow me on Twitter: @shanny4055.


Until the first podcast is posted, enjoyed this video narrated by Tony Dungy that was played at Jimmy Raye’s Michigan State Hall of Fame induction. Dungy also wrote the Foreword to “Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans and the integration of college football.”

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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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