Michigan State plans statue to honor 1960s teams that led college football integration

PHOTO (Michigan State Athletics): Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty stands before his five returning All-American players in 1966: Clinton Jones, Bob Apsia, Bubba Smith, Gene Washington and George Webster. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Michigan State athletic director Alan Haller revealed on Monday the athletic department is in the preliminary stages of honoring Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty’s historic 1960s teams that led college football integration with a statue. Haller appeared on "The Drive with…

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Raise your awareness, take a closer look at racism in American sports

John Feinstein's 44th book, "Raise and Fist, Take a Knee" examines progress that still needs to be made understanding racism in American sports. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Jackie Robinson’s 1972 autobiography, published within a week of his 1972 death, was titled, “I Never had it Made.” The gifted athlete -- a four-sport star at UCLA – challenged American racism by breaking the Major League Baseball color line in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Then…

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Wake Forest honors two Trailblazers, correcting its share of college football history distorted by a popular culture narrative

PHOTO: Wake Forest true 1960s pioneer Bob Tate with his coach, Bill Tate. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Wake Forest takes its turn this weekend setting straight the college football integration story. It should be a simple narrative by a timeline, but it's been muddled over the years by myths and fiction surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game. Only a miniscule number of fans understand the role Wake Forest's Bob Grant and Kenneth "Butch" Henry played…

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