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Praise for The Right Thing To Do

The following endorsements are from media members, athletes and others found in the early pages of THE RIGHT THING TO DO, The True Pioneers of College Football Integration in the 1960s.”

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PRAISE FOR THE RIGHT THING TO DO

“The flood of extraordinary Black athletes in the NCAA and NFL today may seem as inevitable as a river rushing to the sea. But it took singular men digging precarious channels back in the 1960s…and Tom Shanahan’s relentless spadework in The Right Thing to Do six decades later to understand who and what it took to make water run downhill.” —Gary Smith, Sports Illustrated writer and National Sports Media Hall of Famer.

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“Tom Shanahan has always been ahead of the curve when it does to writing about race relations in sport—dating to the great, integrated Duffy Daugherty teams of the 1960s. The Right Thing to Do is another example his unique ability to go inside stories that need to be told in rich detail.” —John Feinstein, best-selling author of 44 books, most recently Raise a Fist, Take a Knee

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“John Hannah and Duffy Daugherty turned Michigan State football into a beacon that showed the world how athletes from disparate racial, socioeconomic and geographical backgrounds could not just coexist but thrive alongside one another, and Tom Shanahan continues to shine a light into the Spartans’ impact in integrating major college athletics in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Shanahan masterfully spotlights the zeitgeist that made East Lansing the epicenter of an evolving college football landscape in the decades that followed and would push the sport forward to its more racially inclusive present form.”  —Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press Michigan State beat writer.

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 “Tom Shanahan’s The Right Thing to Do is an important, timely and wellresearched contribution to the study of sports and race in America. In breaking the ‘conspiracy of silence’ that has existed since the days of segregation, Shanahan elevates the stories of the players and coaches who changed the face of college sports into their rightful place in history.” —Andrew Maraniss, New York Times-bestselling author Strong Inside: Perry Wallace and the Collision of Race and Sports in the South

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“Much has been written or broadcast about inclusion in big time college football, but this book carefully credits innovators and contributors whose accounts are far more essential and intriguing than apocryphal locker room speeches and latter-day efforts.” —Bijan C. Bayne, Author, Martha’s Vineyard Basketball: How A Resort League Defied Notions Of Race & Class.

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“Jimmy Raye has been called a trailblazer. I consider him a treasure. Under the most trying circumstances, he carried himself with grace and class. And when he never got the opportunity to climb to the top of the coaching ladder because of discriminatory hiring practices, he continued to blaze a trail by working behind the scenes to create opportunities for minority coaches coming behind him. Soft-spoken, his words carried an impact. Few in the NFL were as respected as Raye.” —Jim Trotter, NFL.com, formerly of Sports Illustrated and ESPN and author of The Life and Times of NFL Icon Junior Seau.

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“One of the great beauties of The Right Thing to Do is author Tom Shanahan unflinchingly names names. He shows us the good people and hidden figures who did the important work of integrating college football and calls out the obstructionists who were on the wrong side of history. The glory and the shame of it all is here, researched in painstaking detail.”— Johnette Howard, author of The Rivals and co-author of All In: An Autobiography by Billie Jean King.

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“Such an important chapter of American sports history, one that was in grave danger of being lost forever if not for Tom Shanahan’s dogged reporting and insightful analysis.” —Mike Jensen, Philadelphia Inquirer

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“With The Right Thing to Do, Tom Shanahan continues his heroic efforts to fill in the huge gaps in our understanding of how college football went from being barely integrated in the 1950s to thoroughly integrated by the 1980s. This is a story that has long needed telling.” —Michael Oriard, Oregon State professor emeritus whose books on football and American culture include Bowled Over; he played at Notre Dame and four years in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs

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“The right thing for all of us to do—immediately—is to read Tom Shanahan’s newest epic tome, The Right Thing to Do. This riveting saga of the struggle to triumph with innate and powerful goodness, embodies the best of humanity’s efforts to right the wrongs of an immoral history. Shanahan shines the most powerful of lights on a tragically bleak past. And then finds the bright side of our human highway. We cannot, or will not, be able to move forward to a better tomorrow, unless we know, and learn from what went down. Failing to engage on this most important topic will only eternally mire us in the deepest depths of denial. The Right Thing to Do is a beacon of hope that makes us believe that a world as it can, could and should be is attainable. And the efforts to make it so, are essential, and totally worthwhile. Read on. Learn on. Know on. Act on. It’s the right thing to do.” —Bill Walton, BillWalton.com

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“The Right Thing to Do”…was for someone to dig deep and tell the whole story of one of the most important fights in college football history. That someone was Tom Shanahan, a gifted storyteller who knows what Duffy Daugherty did as well as anyone outside the Michigan State football locker room. His work, a labor of love, is more than impressive. It’s equally important. As the author of eight books, it isn’t often I say, ‘I wish I’d written that!’ And I won’t say that here….I couldn’t have it as well as Tom did.” —Jack Ebling, host of “The Drive with Jack” and “Press Pass” and MSU sports historian

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“In yet another groundbreaking book, chock-full of gumshoe reporting, Tom Shanahan introduces us to the unsung heroes of the 1960s college football integration movement, young Black athletes who excelled on the gridiron but received no credit for their exploits by a white press that chose to look the other way. The Right Thing to Do has the heart of a good sports story and the journalistic backbone to finally set the historical record straight, shedding light on a chapter of college football that has shamelessly been long left in the dark.” —John Glionna, former Los Angeles Times writer whose work was featured in the 2019 edition of The Best American Sports Writing and the author of Outback Nevada: Real Stories from the Silver State

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“We are a country that often blindly embraces historical myths, but fortunately Tom Shanahan proves with The Right Thing to Do that it’s never too late to set the record straight. His strong reporting ensures that these important stories can now be told with accuracy, not mythicism.” —David Little, Chico (Calif.) Enterprise-Record editor and former NFL beat writer

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“In the long run this world cannot be a good place for anybody or anything until it is a good place for everybody and everything. Tom Shanahan’s book, The Right Thing to Do, underscores the history and truth of this statement in the world of college football.” —Joe Romig, Colorado All-American lineman, College Football Hall of Famer, Rhodes Scholar

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“Tom Shanahan continues to do a masterful job uncovering and reporting an incredibly important point of time in the game of football when it comes to integration and inclusion for all. No one does a better job than Shanahan at finding the accurate information so we can all have a better understanding for how we have gotten to the present and to be aware that there is still a lot of opportunity to improve even further.” —Corey Robinson, 247Sports/CBS Sports/Co-host Spartan Spotlight

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“They call it ‘big-time’ football, but it’s amazing how many overlooked people made it happen during the crucial years of the modern civil rights movement. The Right Thing to Do” includes the famous names you know but also a myriad of players, coaches, and families you should.” —Lane Demas, Central Michigan University Ph.D history professor and author of Integrating the Gridiron: Black Civil Rights and American College Football and Game of Privilege: An African American History of Golf

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“In order for us to move forward it is important to understand our past. I appreciate Tom Shanahan for helping us frame the past and point us toward the future.” —Herman Edwards, former Arizona State and NFL head coach “More than 50 years after Duffy Daugherty rose to the top of college football, helped by the recruitment of outstanding Black players, most casual American sports fans would not be able to identify Duffy or Michigan State as pioneers in the integration of national college football. This is similar to how the 1963 Loyola-Chicago basketball team gets overlooked in a discussion of the integration of college hoops. It’s not that the 1966 Texas Western team wasn’t hugely important; of course, it was. It’s just that the story of 1963 Loyola needs to be told and given credit as a central shaper of our society. “So, it also is in college football with Duffy Daugherty and his Underground Railroad in the 1960s, from the Deep South and Texas to East Lansing. “Daugherty was a great coach regardless of anything else he did, but the fact that he integrated college football and mentored both elite players and great assistant coaches (such as Bill Yeoman, who became an icon at Houston) makes him a hugely important figure in college football history. Not enough people know about him. Tom Shanahan is telling a sports story younger generations of Americans need to read.” —Matt Zemek, college football editor and writer since 2001

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 “Each paragraph, each chapter provided me a fresh new perspective and understanding of the College Football Integration movement. These are heroes whose stories needed to be told.” —Jeff Fann, publisher of All-Sports Discussion.com and TalkinACCsports.com.

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 “Tom Shanahan’s The Right Thing to Do is the right book at the right time. By telling us about Duffy Daugherty and Michigan State, he makes the point—one that sadly still needs to be made—that our football teams and our country is better when it is integrated.” —Chris Lamb, author of Stolen Dreams: The 1955 Cannon Street All-Stars and Little League Baseball’s Civil War

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“Tom tackles an important topic head on. Integration in college football mirrors our nation’s path toward racial equality. Too often incremental progress has been sidetracked by maddening steps backward. Tom Shanahan looks beyond the myths and half-truths to tell the story of how this truly American sport slowly came closer to inclusion of our entire population.” —Steve Wiseman, Raleigh News & Observer Duke beat writer

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“When James Owens signed with Auburn University as the first AfricanAmerican player, it was not only a learning curve for me but for all Auburn people. James Owens could not have been a better football player, person, father, husband, humanitarian, and friend. He was courageous and the best choice Auburn ever could have made is signing James Owens first. He fit right in with all of us, and we learned a lot from James in the four years we played together and in the friendship that we carried for so many years until his passing. I’m so proud he became an Auburn Tiger. I’m even more proud to call him my friend for life. In The Right Thing to Do you’ll learn about my friend and teammate and other 1960s pioneers.” —Terry Henley, Auburn running back and Sr. Vice President, Palomar Insurance Corporation

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My books tell the true story of college football integration in the 1960s. College football integration was fait accompli by 1970, but myths and fiction surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game credited Alabama coach Bear Bryant and USC fullback Sam Cunningham. The popular misconception worked its way into the national folklore with the aid poorly researched sports writing. The true pioneers have been denied their place in history. As I said when I spoke at the National Sports Media Association book festival, no two books provide an accurate portrayal more than RAYE OF LIGHT and THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

I’ll put my facts up against anybody, anytime, anywhere.

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Click here for my story on the 1962 Rose Bowl and Segregation awarded first place by the Football Writers Association of America. I tell untold stories on Michigan State’s leading role and the true pioneers of college football integration. Click here to read the summary as a first-place story.

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Click here to purchase The Right Thing To Do

THE RIGHT THING TO DO

The True Pioneers of College Football Integration in the 1960s

Foreword by Ruffin McNeill

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Click here to purchase Raye of Light.

RAYE OF LIGHT

Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the 1ntegration of College Football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans

Foreword by Tony Dungy

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Click here to purchase my children’s book, Bubba’s Dad, Duffy and College Football’s Underground Railroad

The book for now is only a Kindle version on Amazon. Print and audio platforms available soon.

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My next children’s book coming soon: How Duffy Put Hawaii on the Football Map

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