The 1962 Rose Bowl’s 60th anniversary: UCLA’s Black students and players stared down Bear Bryant with Jim Murray’s break from 1960s media customs

PHOTO: The 1961 UCLA football team that won the AAWU title to earn a Rose Bowl berth. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The 1962 Rose Bowl established a college football Civil Rights milestone, but the 60th anniversary of the New Year’s Day game came and went without attention or even a fractional accounting. What should be remembered as a tipping point quickly turned into an oxymoron – a “forgotten milestone.” The culprit was a 1960s media…

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Scheyer spells out as Duke coach ready to face the future

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Jon Scheyer at Cameron Indoor Stadium. By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM — Jon Scheyer took his seat at podium set up astride Cameron Indoor Stadium’s Coach K Court. He had been introduced Friday as Duke’s 20th basketball coach by president Vincent Price, outgoing athletic director Kevin White and incoming AD Nina King. Scheyer, 33, leaned into the microphone. “So, I don’t want to break any tradition yet," he said with a mischievous grin. "Do I need…

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Walton was a San Diego football name before basketball

My story for the National Football Foundation's Football Matters was published Jan. 19, 2017. Bruce, who played at UCLA and with the Dallas Cowboys, passed away Oct. 18, 2018. By TOM SHANAHAN The Walton surname and basketball remain synonymous from Bill Walton’s Naismith Hall of Fame career, but once there was a time when “Walton” was a football identity. That was true in San Diego and at UCLA. Bill Walton is one of basketball’s all-time greats that grew…

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