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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Another authoritative voice praises Duffy Daugherty’s leadership integrating college football

PHOTO: MEAC commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. Visit my website homepage, Tom Shanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN My phone call was placed to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference commissioner Dr. Dennis Thomas. I wanted to ask him about the significance of Duke football’s decade-plus willingness to share the wealth, scheduling games with HBCU opponents. Thomas got on the phone. First, though, he said he wanted to discuss another subject. Uh, oh. Writers don’t like to hear that. My mind began racing. I…

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

Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Part III: Scripted in Hollywood, unaware of South's timeline The 1980 Time quotes in Parts I & II, in retrospect, may have been the genesis of Bear Bryant mythology. Doors were open to more tales, although oddly enough the 1970 USC-Alabama myths began in Hollywood, not Tuscaloosa. The original intent of 1970 USC-Alabama myth with Bryant inviting the Trojans to Legion Field in Birmingham was to aggrandize USC’s own dubious…

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