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FanPost of the Week: Eddie McAshan and the Integration of Georgia Tech Football

Ed. Note: Ever since the introduction of the new layout, there has been a de-emphasis on fanposts and fanshots (or "fan-things," as Nate has taken to calling them). In an effort to revive these unique SBNation features that are often discussion hotbeds, every week the writing staff will now pick a fanpost or fanshot we deem interesting and worthy of extra attention. This week: the school too busy to hate apparently had some time on its hands. And yes, I know it's not from this week, but the pickins were slim. Help us change that and you could wind up on the front page!

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In the long difficult story of the integration of southern football, the chapter on Georgia Tech's Eddie McAshan is one of the most troubling and, regrettably, overlooked. As the first black quarterback at a historically white southern university he came under tremendous scrutiny and pressure which culminated in his suspension at the end of the 1972 season. Charles H. Martin, the author of Benching Jim Crow, the authoritative study of the integration of college sports, is presenting a paper this weekend on McAshan and history of segregation at Georgia Tech. You can read his abstract for this paper here.

FanPosts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the FTRS writing staff, and are spotlighted purely to create discussion.

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