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Thursday, March 02, 2006

QB McCartney carries father's promise, Samoan tradition

In the second series Dennis Dodd profiles Sal Aunese's son, TC McCartney. I found it ironic that the writer barely touched on the fact that Coach Bill McCartney was a leader in the morally righteous "Promise Keepers" in the 1980s and that his daughter had a son with one of his players out of wedlock which is not a big deal to me. The writer could have done a better job of finding out where the Auneses are from--not San Diego. They are from Oceanside and both Sal Aunese and Pisa Tinoisamoa starred at Vista High School. Moreover, Pisa Tinoisamoa is not just the cousin of TC McCartney--he was raised in the same multi-generational Aunese house with his uncle Sal. I would not be surprised that if in due time should TC McCartney continue on to play collegiate football he may hyphenate his name or take his father's name as he discovers more about his Samoan identity.


QB McCartney carries father's promise, Samoan tradition

Dennis Dodd
By Dennis Dodd
CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
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Part 1

Second in a three-part series on the impact of Polynesian players on American football.

At the time it was a scandal.

Former University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney now plays the part of TC's proud grandfather. (Getty Images)
Former University of Colorado coach Bill McCartney now plays the part of TC's proud grandfather. (Getty Images)
Colorado star quarterback Sal Aunese fathered a son out of wedlock with the daughter of his coach in 1989. Aunese then died of stomach cancer shortly after the child was born in 1990.

Controversies fade. Legacies don't.

Seventeen years later, a part of Sal lives in a tall, bright junior quarterback at Boulder (Colo.) Fairview High School. TC McCartney might not know it, but he is part of the Polynesian revolution.

This week's series on Polynesians' influence on college football focuses on how a small sub-population in the South Pacific produces some of the best, most-reliable, high-character players in the United States' most popular game.

But it is the second generation that will have to advance the story. There are only 60,000 residents in American Samoa, a hotbed of college football talent. Players of Polynesian blood born and/or raised in the U.S. are the next generation.


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