RSC photo (L-R): Tim Peeler, Charley Young and Tom Shanahan.
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By TOM SHANAHAN
NC State historian Tim Peeler and NC State ground-breaking running back Charley Young joined me to discuss the Wolfpack football legacy that Earle Edwards established as the school’s head coach, 1954-70. The March 8 event was part of the Raleigh Sports Club’s weekly luncheons.
Prior to Edwards landing the NC State job, he joined the Michigan State staff in 1949 under head coach Biggie Munn along with assistant Duffy Daugherty. Munn and Daugherty arrived at Michigan State in 1947 from Syracuse. Edwards was an assistant at Penn State prior to Michigan State.
Edwards revived NC State’s downtrodden program in the 1950s and desegregated it in the 1960s. Edwards was among the Michigan State assistants who later as a head coach followed Daugherty’s model to expand opportunities for Black athletes.
Daugherty and Edwards remained close. In 1966, NC State traveled to open the season at Spartan Stadium, and Michigan State quarterback Jimmy Raye made his first career start in a 28-10 victory. In example of how times have changed, Edwards attended Michigan State’s 1966 spring game and afterward Daugherty had Edwards speak to the Spartans.
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