The South’s 1960s timeline made college football integration a fait accompli by 1970

My website homepage, TomShanahan.Report THE SOUTH’s 1960s COLLEGE FOOTBALL INTEGRATION TIMELINE A popular myth built around the 1970 USC-Alabama game was once Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant recruited Wilbur Jackson in 1970 as his first Black recruit, the floodgates opened for the rest of the South. A quaint story, but the facts don’t back up the legend. The floodgates had been opened earlier in the decade until Bryant finally caught up to the flow. By the time USC…

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The ‘Time’ magazine face that launched a thousand Bear Bryant myths

Visit my homepage website, TomShanahan.Report — Part I: Did Bear Bryant protest facing Michigan State’s Horace Smith? — Part II: Bryant’s second deception and something missing from 1980 “Time” story — Part III: Scripted in Hollywood, unaware of South’s timeline — Part IV: Black Historiography --- More on Bear Bryant mythology: One year before USC arrived at Legion Field in 1970, integrated Tennessee, led by All-American linebacker Jackie Walker, embarrassed the all-white Crimson Tide 41-14 at Legion Field. Walker sparked the rout…

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September 12, 1970: STANFORD vs. ARKANSAS at LITTLE ROCK

Cover photo (L-R): Stanford's all-minority backfield in 1970: Jackie Brown, Hillary Shockley and Jim Plunkett. Visit my home page, TomShanahanReport *** “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 We’ve been misled by myths surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game’s racial impact, but the deception doesn’t stop there. The revisionist history has cost the true 1960s pioneers of college football integration their due.…

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