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Progress, yes; but HBCUs paid a price for it

Updated: February 27, 2007, 7:25 PM ET
By Bomani Jones | ESPN.com

Forty years ago, one could argue that black college football was as competitive as any played in the country. The same sort of debates about how the Negro Leagues stacked up against Major League Baseball could be had about black college football and the big-time university game. Awash with talent that segregation placed in their laps, historically black colleges and universities consistently produced average, great and Hall of Fame-caliber professional athletes.

But the dawn of integration ...

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