September 12, 1970: STANFORD vs. ARKANSAS at LITTLE ROCK

Cover photo (L-R): Stanford’s all-minority backfield in 1970: Jackie Brown, Hillary Shockley and Jim Plunkett. Visit my home page, TomShanahanReport *** “History writes people out of the story. It’s our job to write them back in.” — David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer. BY TOM SHANAHAN We’ve been misled by myths surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game, but the ironies and deceptions don't stop with college football lore contending a singular moment took place that night. The true 1960s pioneers of…

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Climate change, thankfully, is real in college basketball’s men’s and women’s games

PHOTO: Johnny Juzang drives against Michigan State. By TOM SHANAHAN College basketball is refreshing again. The Final Four -- on both the men’s and women’s sides – has knocked us off our feet two straight nights, the women on Friday in San Antonio and the men Saturday in Indianapolis. The climate change has displaced the predictable air clouding the sport through the previous decade. Kentucky has been blown into the background, watching the NCAA tournament with a 9-16…

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Bourdeau and Army teammates view a bowl game an old-fashioned reward as special as a fine wine

PHOTO: Javhari Bourdeau (center) with his teammates. By TOM SHANAHAN The Auto Zone Liberty Bowl Thursday afternoon in Memphis offers an contrast between independent Army with its 9-2 record facing Big 12 member West Virginia as a 5-4 team. Aside from their records and conference affiliations, does that refer to the Black Knights’ four backs in a triple-option offense facing the Mountaineers’ one-back passing attack? Yes and no. The real difference is what the athletes at Power 5…

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