Tom Shanahan is an author and college football integration historian honored by the FWAA for his story on the 1962 Rose Bowl.
PHOTO: Cleveland coach Scott Riley has maintained the program’s success and community support.
By TOM SHANAHAN
CLAYTON — Scott Riley freely admits it. The future worried Cleveland High’s football head coach. That statement, taken alone, sounds as if he fretted throughout the past winter, spring and summer leading up the 2022 fall season. This, after all, is the Rams’ first year without running back Omarion Hampton, a generational talent who is now a North Carolina freshman leading the Tar Heels in rushing. But Riley meant the 2014 season, his first as Cleveland’s head coach. “My biggest fear was, ‘Don’t screw it up,’” Riley said.
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Now that @MSU_WGolf freshmen Brooke Biermann and Katie Lu have finished their first season, they did some #NIL work for me before returning home. They discussed their summer reading list. @MSU_Football #True1960sPioneers pic.twitter.com/mNd9bZwRGb— Tom Shanahan (@Shanny4055) May 12, 2022
RAYE of LIGHT story of Duffy Daugherty and southern Black high school coaches, most prominently Bubba Smith’s father Willie Ray Smith, laying tracks to college football’s first fully integrated rosters. This was tipping point — don’t believe Bear Bryant/USC revisionist history. pic.twitter.com/3D8RqjMixO— Tom Shanahan (@Shanny4055) June 8, 2021