SPORT magazine article, August 1969, confirms Namath to Alabama begins and ends with Maryland

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Sometimes I receive challenges -- albeit feeble efforts -- to stories debunking a tired and unsubstantiated claim that Michigan State coach Duffy Daugherty traded Joe Namath in 1961 to Alabama coach Bear Bryant for Charlie Thornhill in 1963. It is complete fiction, a tall tale promulgated largely to obfuscate Bryant resisting integration until signing his first Black player in 1970, Wilbur Jackson. And sometimes I hear from someone like Victor…

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

I invite you to visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Part II: Bear's second deception and something missing from 1980 "Time" story Bear Bryant made a second deceptive quote in the Time 1980 article in addition to he wanted to be the Branch Rickey of football during his Kentucky coaching days, 1946-53. "They told me no. So for years, I used to recommend all these great black players to schools up North." There are no names…

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Mystery of Charlie Thornhill’s journey from Roanoke to Michigan State solved

PHOTO: Bob McLelland. NOTE: This story is reposted from Oct. 9, 2014. Nay Thornhill died in 2019. By TOM SHANAHAN William “Nay” Thornhill knew the identity of the Roanoke, Virginia, sportswriter that called Michigan State’s football office in 1962. For years it was a mystery who offered the Spartans a tip on their future legendary linebacker. “Bob McLelland,” said Nay, Charlie’s younger brother, referring to the Times and World sportswriter. The role McLelland played provides additional evidence debunking…

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