Jackie Walker’s true 1969 Tennessee story forgotten and unjustly overshadowed by 1970 USC-Alabama folklore

Although no one in the documentary says it, there seems to be a feeling that Southern Cal’s rout of Alabama was the shock that the University and a majority of the fans needed to support integration of the football program. But in fact, that same shock probably came the previous year when the Tennessee Volunteers, the team that Bryant always regarded as the Tide’s most bitter foe, thrashed the Tide 41-14 at Legion Field in Birmingham. (I know—I…

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Nathan Leacock’s football future rooted in family’s track history

PHOTO (News & Observer): Millbrook High wide receiver Nathan Leacock influenced by his parents' college track careers. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Imagine the ideal track and field athlete. He or she combines a sprinter’s fast-twitch muscles with a middle-distance runner’s aerobic endurance. Explosion and endurance — a potent brew. Millbrook High alumnus Dillon Leacock, a sophomore on the University of Houston track team, inherited the magical combination from his parents. Dillon’s explosion and endurance…

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The End Game with Army West Point pioneer Gary Steele

Visit my home page, TomShanahan.Report Gary Steele, West Point trailblazer, Army's first Black football letterman. The End Game discusses race and sports in America with a focus on Michigan State coach Duffy’s Daugherty’s 1960 teams leading college football leading the way. Duffy’s teams were the sport’s first fully integrated rosters and won national titles in 1965 and 1966. Co-hosts: Tom Shanahan, award-winning sportswriter. Herman Bulls, West Point graduate, retired Colonel and honored numerous times as one of the nation’s top African-American…

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