Part IV: College football integration lore, in the form of traffic, was steered down a fairy tale exit

NOTE: As a Detroit Tigers and Mangum fan, this is my letter to Tom Selleck, admittedly a bit tongue in cheek. The facts vs. fiction I present, though, tell the true story of college football integration’s pioneers in the 1960s. College football integration was fait accompli by 1970, thanks to the price paid by true pioneers. They knocked down the door. Alabama coach Bear Bryant didn’t open the door. He was pointed to it after coaching segregated teams…

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Daly’s stories on James Bond, Duffy, Biggie, breakfast with The Bear and quotes Bryant’s apologists don’t want you to hear

By TOM SHANAHAN Team equipment managers hear the juiciest gossip. As the locker room empties, they quietly go about their business, unintentionally a chameleon blended into the walls. Others forget they’re within earshot. Marty Daly was one of those guys at Michigan State. Daly was the Spartans’ assistant equipment manager from the 1965 to 1972, a time that overlapped College Football Hall of Fame coach Duffy Daugherty’s 1965 and 1966 national championship teams. He later was promoted to…

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