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Mar.21.2014
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Greatness interrupted   Entering the 1973 campaign, USC was riding a 12-game winning streak and a 17-game unbeaten skein. They were ranked number one in the nation and looked to be utterly unstoppable.             The 1973 Trojans would...
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Mar.20.2014
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"Gentlemen, I'd like to announce that the Rose Bowl no longer belongs to Radcliffe." - John McKay, 1972   Allan Graf was a big, white 6-2, 243-pound offensive guard out of San Fernando High School. At San Fernando, he had played on integrated teams. The black players at San Fernando tended to...
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Mar.19.2014
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Divided by race, the disappointing Trojans come together through Christian Fellowship, forming the nucleus of the greatest team of all time   The Hallowed Shrine It was in the 1970s that the people around the University of Southern California football program took a look at what coach John...
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Mar.18.2014
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The following are various additional articles and book excerpts, written by this author and others, revolving around the 1970 game between USC and Alabama and its societla aftermath.   The Eternal Trojan By Steven Travers In August of 2000, Steven Travers went to Irvine, California, where USC...
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Mar.17.2014
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"And we're walkin' real proud, and we're talkin' real proud again." - "In America," as sung by Charlie Daniels   Alabama finished the 1970 season with a 6–5–1 record. USC, despite their great start and obvious talent, went on to a disappointing 6–4–1 season. They lost to Jim Plunkett’s...
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Mar.16.2014
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The night they drove old Dixie down And all the bells were ringin’ The night they drove old Dixie down And all the people were singin’ They went, “Na, na, na, na, na, na…" - From “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” sung by Joan Baez   USC’s players were utterly drained, physically,...
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Mar.15.2014
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(Bear's) "Just gotten his ass kicked, and he's thanking us for the favor." - USC assistant coach Craig Fertig   Bryant has been deceased for years now. The cagey old Bear never really let on what he truly had planned for that night. Like any good general, he knew that his plans would have to...
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Mar.14.2014
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"My football career ended thanks to a few hits courtesy of Sam 'Bam' Cunningham."  - Former USC football player and Major League All-Star Fred Lynn   Like many tense confrontations, the 1970 USC–Alabama game started with tentative offensive efforts met by a hard-hitting defense. Alabama...
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Mar.13.2014
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"I think that one game did more for social change in Alabama than anything that ever transpired." - Alabama All-American lineman John Hannah    On the morning of the game, the Tide ate breakfast at nine. After sitting about the hotel lobby (where they had stayed the night before) watching...
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Mar.12.2014
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“Coach, I seen war personal. This is football.”  - Father of Bear’s injured Texas A & M player, The Junction Boys   Tody Smith did bring his gun, which he kept in a briefcase. Throughout the flight to Alabama, he kept searching his soul, asking himself what he would do if forced to...
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Mar.11.2014
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Love is the only house biggest enough for all the pain in the world. - "Love's the Only House," sung by Martina McBride   Richard Nixon embodied conservatism. It is no surprise that he had developed a strong professional and personal friendship with the great Christian evangelist Billy Graham...
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Mar.10.2014
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In Birmingham they love the governor And we all did what we could do Now Watergate does not bother me Does your conscience bother you, now tell the truth? - "Sweet Home Alabama,” sung by Lynyrd Skynyrd   Jimmy Jones had told the writers after the Rose Bowl that he expected to only get better...
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Mar.09.2014
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After O.J.: the "beat goes on"   1967-69 was a period of momentous change in America. The Vietnam War, in the minds of many, went from being a noble effort to stop Godless Communism to immoral violence by an overbearing superpower against a small, agrarian country.     ...
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Mar.08.2014
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A Shakespearean fall from grace   O.J. ran away with the 1968 Heisman over Purdue's Leroy Keyes. His performance at the news conference with his San Francisco wife, Marguerite at his side, won over the sporting press. "During the game you don't think about how many times you carry the ball," O...
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Mar.07.2014
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USC students of the late 1960s and early 1970s would purchase their season tickets before the first game. The package would of course include the home non-conference games and Pac 8 match-ups with Cal, Stanford, Washington, et al. The UCLA game and the Notre Dame game (in even years) cost a little...
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