Remembering Ross Browner and ultimate college football weekend

PHOTO: Ross Browner in Notre Dame's national title green jerseys. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Ross Browner is dead? It can’t be true. Don’t and tell me Notre Dame’s two-time All-American defensive end, the winner of the Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award and Maxwell Award, died Wednesday at age 67. Don’t try to convince me it was 44 seasons ago Browner and Joe Montana led Notre Dame to the 1977 national title. In my memory, it…

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The 1962 Rose Bowl’s 60th anniversary: UCLA’s Black students and players stared down Bear Bryant with Jim Murray’s break from 1960s media customs

PHOTO: The 1961 UCLA football team that won the AAWU title to earn a Rose Bowl berth. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The 1962 Rose Bowl established a college football Civil Rights milestone, but the 60th anniversary of the New Year’s Day game came and went without attention or even a fractional accounting. What should be remembered as a tipping point quickly turned into an oxymoron – a “forgotten milestone.” The culprit was a 1960s media…

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Remembering John Madden as a coach and teacher of the game

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The passing of John Madden Tuesday at age 85 reminded me of how he was such a good teacher of football when he switched to TV analyst. Most stories about Madden will focus on his career as a head coach with the Oakland Raiders and as a TV analyst. I'm choosing to remind readers of his time working under Don Coryell at San Diego State. Madden showed at a memorial…

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