Football for Nephew of Duquesne 1,000 Pointer

Sometimes, multiple generations play sports at the same college. Won't be true for former Duquesne star Brian Shanahan's nephew, Mike. He's headed to Pitt for football.

Michael Shanahan, a 6-foot-5, 210 pound swingman and wide receiver from Norwin H.S. in North Huntingdon, Pa. and nephew of former Duquesne star Brian Shanahan who is 15th all-time with 1,355 points in the late 80s, this week decided that it will be football in college at a western Pennsylvania school, the University of Pittsburgh. In August, he was leaning toward basketball.

Shanahan, who averaged 17.5 ppg and was named All PG-East and All Trib-Class AAAA last season, was recruited for basketball by Duquesne, Robert Morris, Air Force, Akron, Ball State, Bucknell, Buffalo, Colgate, Lehigh, Vermont, and according to's Bob Lichtenfels, Michigan where former West Virginia coach John Beilein was interested in bringing Shanahan to the Big Ten.

It was in football, where he had 35 receptions for 709 yards and 11 touchdowns this fall, that he received the most interest from power conference schools: in addition to Pitt, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Penn State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and W.Va. of the ACC, Big East, Big Ten and SEC were after the two-sport star.

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Note: Former Duquesne assistant coach John Mahoney, who was the Mountaineers Director of Basketball Operations under Beilein, is entering his second year as an assistant coach with the Wolverwines.


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