Beryl Shipley to speak at book signing

CROWLEY - Legendary University of Southwestern Louisiana basketball coach Beryl Shipley and former Ragin’ Cajuns sportscaster Ron Gomez will be among a local group of authors speaking tonight in a presentation billed as “Writers on Stage” at the Grand Opera House of the South.

The event is slated for 7 o’clock.

Shipley and Gomez, two of USL’s most storied figures, recently teamed up to pen the book Slam Dunked: The NCAA’s shameful reaction to athletic integration in the Deep South. The book chronicles the events leading up to and following USL’s rise to great heights in collegiate basketball in the late 1960s and early 1970s as well as its heated run-in with the Louisiana State Board of Education and the NCAA. The latter eventually led to the Ragin’ Cajuns receiving college athletic’s ultimate punishment, the “death penalty.”

The authors will speak for 30 minutes and interact with the audience.

In addition to Shipley and Gomez, other speakers will be Dave Pierce of Riding on the Ether Express, accompanied by singer/guitarist Sean Tracalek and Reinhart Kondert and Lawrence and Mary Cramer of A history of Robert’s Cove.

A book signing will follow from 8:30 to 9.

A $5 donation to the non-profit GOHS will give attendees $5 off any book purchased at the event.

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