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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Podcast series, Growing Green: A Football Family

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report 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…

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Two Triangle showdown games are a family affair

PHOTO: The Thomas family following an NC State game at Carter-Finley Stadium, Lex, Drake, Shelly, Trevor and Thayer. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN They’re West Virginia transplants who’ve evolved into a Triangle first family of football. Trevor and Shelly Thomas and their three sons, Thayer, Drake and Lex, are in the middle of two heavyweight showdowns this weekend. First is a Thursday night game — moved up a day due to Hurricane Ian rain forecasts…

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