Wake Forest honors two Trailblazers, correcting its share of college football history distorted by a popular culture narrative

PHOTO: Wake Forest true 1960s pioneer Bob Tate with his coach, Bill Tate. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN Wake Forest takes its turn this weekend setting straight the college football integration story. It should be a simple narrative by a timeline, but it's been muddled over the years by myths and fiction surrounding the 1970 USC-Alabama game. Only a miniscule number of fans understand the role Wake Forest's Bob Grant and Kenneth "Butch" Henry played…

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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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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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