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The accepted narrative in football-crazy Texas is that racial integral came to the state's "national sport" in the mid-1960s, generally associated with Jerry LeVias' celebrated arrival at SMU in Dallas. But the landmark achievement actually took place quietly almost a decade earlier only about an hour north of Dallas. In the town of Denton, two black football players from Dallas' segregated public school system boldly walked on to play for what was then called North Texas State College - known today as the University of North Texas. Abner Haynes and Leon King didn't know what to expect, and neither their dozen or so teammates on North Texas' freshman team.The players' arrival came only a few months after North Texas first welcomed a black undergraduate student in February 1956.



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Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio, where Jerry Springer attended his temple and Pete Rose broke his heart. He's rafted down the Rio Grande with folksinger Butch Hancock, co-created an award-winning mockumentary about table tennis, and performed and written for a public access sketch comedy series. Like many lawyers, the only thing he ever really wanted to do was write. The Bubble Gum Thief is his first book. He lives with his incredible wife, Kate, and their two young sons.



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