The players let down their coach: “It’s a damn shame”

PHOTO: Michigan State coach Mel Tucker. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report *** By TOM SHANAHAN Two highly anticipated player discipline decisions recently confronted Alabama’s Nick Saban and Michigan State’s Mel Tucker. The cases were similar, but the path chosen forward by the two coaches very different. Saban didn’t suspend Alabama’s Jermaine Burton for hitting a Tennessee female fan. She was among partisans storming the field, celebrating a colossal victory. Asked to clarify his decision, he tersely added little.…

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“I tell untold stories on college football integration”

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN I tell untold stories about college football integration. My quest is to lay down the facts of the true 1960s pioneers. The stories are focused on but not limited to Michigan State’s 1960s leadership under Duffy Daugherty. The College Football Hall of Fame coach assembled the sport’s first fully integrated rosters while his Underground Railroad teams tapped the segregated South. However, I learned from writing “Raye of Light” presenting the…

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Michigan State honoring Duffy Daugherty and his 1960s teams has Gene Smith as a unique supporter

PHOTO: Michigan State's Duffy Daugherty with his five two-time All-American players from the 1965-66 national title teams (L-R): Clinton Jones, Bob Apisa, Bubba Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster. Tom Shanahan is an author and college football integration historian honored by the FWAA for his story on the 1962 Rose Bowl. *** Michigan State’s plans for a statue honoring Duffy Daugherty and his 1960s teams that led college football integration are still on the drawing board, but Ohio…

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