Bear Bryant never sent Duffy Daugherty a player. So, why do so many smart people believe the myth?

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report PHOTO: Bear Bryant (left) and Duffy Daugherty were good friends, but Daugherty never learned of a player through Bryant for talent from the segregated South aboard the Underground Railroad. “We have to tell the stories of living history or they fade away. To restore them, the stories have to be told and retold. We can look back on the mistakes made and the opportunities lost.” --- Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President By TOM…

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Hey, Reggie, if I could talk to you about Birmingham and college football

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report PHOTO: Reggie Jackson (R) with Birmingham teammate Dave Duncan and manager John McNamaa. They also were together later with the Oakland A's. Kirkus Book Review of THE RIGHT THING TO DO Dear Mr. October: I rewatched on Prime Video the documentary “Reggie” that first aired March 2023. As I correctly recalled, you said everything then that you stated on Fox’s coverage celebrating Willie Mays at Rickwood Field in Birmingham. The difference, of course,…

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Walton, speaking from experience, heartened college athletes are protesting and urges ‘to keep going’

By TOM SHANAHAN Bill Walton’s mind cheerfully hums songs illuminating life’s complexities, but he burst out with renewed hope last spring and summer. The chord struck was college athletes outspokenly supporting Black Lives Matter protests. “I’m all for it,” Walton said. “It’s fantastic -- a dream come true. It’s what I grew up hoping the future would be; now it’s here.” What Bob Dylan song might Walton be singing to himself? Maybe, “Blowin’ in the Wind.” How about…

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