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My FWAA first-place story on the 1962 Rose Bowl and segregation

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I’m humbled and honored to share with you I’ve won first place in a national sports writing contest sponsored by the Football Writers Association of America.

The FWAA, on its Fifth Down website, announced the 30th annual contest winners. My story won first place for Enterprise. I wrote about the 1962 Bowl when UCLA’s eight Black players and Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray stood up to segregationist Alabama coach Bear Bryant seeking a backdoor entry into the Rose Bowl in place of the traditional Big Ten entry.

Click here for the Fifth Down story on the Football Writers Association website.

And click here for the story as posted on my website, January 2, 2022.

As my followers know, I tell untold stories about the integration of college football, focusing on Michigan State’s leading role in the 1960s under College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty.


I invite you to follow me on Twitter @shanny4055 and visit his website, TomShanahan.Report

Tom Shanahan earned first place from the Football Writers Association of America for Enterprise Story. He is the author of Raye of Light, a book on Michigan State’s leading role in college football integration under Duffy Daugherty in the 1960s.

— I tell untold stories of college football integration. Click here to read why.

Click here to purchase Raye of Light from August Publications.

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— Tom Shanahan (@Shanny4055) May 12, 2022


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