College football integration lore, in the form of traffic, has been steered to a fairytale exit

PHOTO: Pro-southern historians in the 1920s captured the narrative of the Civil War, and Robert E. Lee's statue stood over Richmond, Virginia, streets until it finally came down in 2021. A comparison can be made to Bear Bryant apologists and USC fiction writers capturing the college football integration narrative. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report “History writes people out of the story. It’s our job to write them back in.” — David Maraniss, Pulitzer prize-winning biographer By TOM SHANAHAN I’d…

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Podcast series, Growing Green: A Football Family

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Growing Green: A Football Family is a 19-part series on Michigan State football from Biggie Munn and Duffy Daugherty through Mark Dantonio and now head coach Mel Tucker. The episodes air at 4:30 p.m. ET each Thursday on The Drive with Jack, mid-Michigan's sports talk show hosted by Jack Ebling. Con Demos and I join Jack each week with our historical perspective from our books. --- August 11, Click here:…

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Free for schools: Lessons plans on sports and Civil Rights overlapping through Michigan State’s ground-breaking 1960s football teams

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report To: Principals, Teachers and Administrators: From Tom Shanahan and Ben Hartnell Re: Teaching how sports and Civil Rights overlap through Michigan State's 1960s teams that led college football integration. I have teamed up with Ben Hartnell, a fellow Michigan State graduate, to provide a model of how teachers can use Michigan State’s 1960s teams that led college football integration as tool to teach the overlap between Civil Rights and sports. Ben is a…

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