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Spartans’ Lauren Freeland, aka Duffy History Champion, wins Big Ten women’s 1,500 title

PHOTO: Michigan State All-American Lauren Freeland, a graduate student from Kent City, won the 2024 Big Ten women’s 1,500 title at Ann Arbor.

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In honor of Michigan State’s Lauren Freeland winning the Big Ten’s women’s 1,500-meter title, I’m reposting a story on her that first appeared in The State News and is reposted here in the Michigan State College of Arts and Letters website.

MSU Alumnus Honors Historic Legacy of University’s 1965-66 Football Teams – College of Arts & Letters

Freeland helped me with graphics on my website in my task to straighten out history about MIchigan State’s leading role in college football history. Here’s an example:

As explained in the story, Freeland signed up for a Michigan State intern program sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters. In the summer of 2021, she gained experience, and I gained help telling the story of Duffy Daugherty’s 1960s teams leading college football integration.

She also created this one celebrating the 1966 Ohio State game the Spartans won 11-8 to maintain their unbeaten march to the Game of the Century on November 19 against Notre Dame at Spartan Stadium.

All the points were scored by Duffy’s Hawaiian Pipeline players: Bob Apisa (Farrington), 6 points, fourth-and-1 touchdown; Dick Kenney (Iolani), 3 points, field goal; and Charlie Wedemeyer (2 points on a two-point conversion reception from Kenney).

In an era before Hawaii’s football program was Division I in 1974, the Honolulu Bulletin’s headline proudly said it all: Hawaiians 11, Ohio State 8.


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David Maraniss: “HIstory writes people out of the story. It’s our job to write them back in.”

Responses from Ken Burns and Howell Raines when I expressed my frustration with myths and fiction about Bear Bryant overshadowing the true stories of college football integration.

Burns, award-winning filmmaker: “Keep plowing ahead.”

Raines: Former New York Times executive editor: “Straightening out history is an endless task.”

Below are links to click on to purchase my books focused.

My books tell the true story of college football integration in the 1960s and address the myths and fiction that allowed a false narrative surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game to usurp the credit from the true pioneers. 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.

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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.


Click here to purchase The Right Thing To Do


The True Pioneers of College Football Integration in the 1960s

Foreword by Ruffin McNeill


Click here to purchase Raye of Light.


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

Foreword by Tony Dungy


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.


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

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