Podcast series, Growing Green: A Football Family

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. Ebling was named the Michigan Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports…

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My FWAA first-place story on the 1962 Rose Bowl and segregation

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report I’m humbled and honored to share with you I’ve won first place in a national sports writing contest sponsored by the Football Writers Association of America. The FWAA, on its Fifth Down website, announced the 30th annual contest winners. My story won first place for Enterprise. I wrote about the 1962 Bowl when UCLA’s eight Black players and Los Angeles Times sportswriter Jim Murray stood up to segregationist Alabama coach Bear Bryant seeking a…

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Part III: College football integration lore, in the form of traffic, was steered down a fairytale exit

Tom Shanahan is an author and college football integration historian honored by the FWAA for his story on the 1962 Rose Bowl. *** “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 Misleading information saturates college football integration’s story. Tales told regionally in print were embellished into network films. Some of those myths were crafted duplicitously. The purpose was to obfuscate Alabama coach Bear…

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