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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Gardena Serra all-purpose athlete carries Horace Smith’s spirit with him to California state title

PHOTO: Gardena Serra's Troy Tw Crozier is the great-great nephew of Michigan State's Horace Smith, a pioneer athlete for the Spartans from 1946-49. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Bear Bryant may have tried to prevent Horace Smith from taking the field for skin color in a 1947 Kentucky-Michigan State game, but Smith’s spirit freely ran up and down football fields 74 years later through his great-great nephew’s 2021 season. Troy Tw Crozier, a senior at…

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Cutcliffe’s mentor taught him early to “Bear” down on accountability

PHOTO: Duke coach David Cutcliffe Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM – It’s not hard to scan the college football landscape and find a coach willing to throw his players under the bus following a loss. A recent example was three weeks ago in the Big Ten. Nebraska coach Scott Frost expressed disgust with his players after the Cornhuskers lost at Michigan State: “I'm sick of it; they are sick of it. We got to…

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