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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Kentucky provides Michigan State with example to follow

PHOTO: Kentucky honored its four pioneering Black players that dragged the Southeastern Conference into the 20th century with a statue in 2016 of Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg. The statue was crafted by J. Brett Grill of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Kentucky’s Paul Karem and fellow alums believed the time was overdue for their alma mater to recognize four pioneering Wildcats, Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett…

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Michigan State’s owes Horace Smith an apology — one that Duffy would have understood

PHOTO (Michigan State Athletics): Horace Smith, shamefully benched in 1946, a year later established history as Michigan State's first Black athlete to face a segregated southern opponent. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN If only a reporter at some point had questioned Michigan State College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty about his playing days at Syracuse. How did Duffy, a lineman, feel about his teammate, Wilmeth Sidat-Singh, who was benched as a Black quarterback,…

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