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December 31, 1990 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in four seasons under Coach Larry Smith, USC failed to qualify for the Rose Bowl. But the Trojans (8-3-1) will play a Big Ten opponent today in the John Hancock Bowl. A pretty good one, too. Michigan State (7-3-1) shared the Big Ten championship with Iowa, Michigan and Illinois, winning its last five games.
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June 2, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Gator, Blockbuster and John Hancock bowls have been picked to participate in the second tier of a bowl alliance organized in January. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Eight, Pacific 10 and Southwest conferences met last week during the College Football Assn. meetings in Dallas to organize the alliance.
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January 1, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to write a storybook ending to his unusual season and a mostly unfulfilling career, backup quarterback Shane Foley had USC positioned to beat Michigan State Monday in the John Hancock Bowl. A fourth-quarter replacement for Todd Marinovich, whose third interception of the day prompted Coach Larry Smith to bench him, Foley drove the Trojans within 17 yards of a go-ahead touchdown with 3 1/2 minutes left.
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December 31, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Illinois is a team that has lost momentum. When the Illini accepted an invitation to play UCLA today in the 58th John Hancock Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium, it had a 6-3 record. Then, Illinois lost its last two regular-season games, to Michigan and Michigan State, and eventually lost its coach. John Mackovic accepted the Texas coaching job, and defensive coordinator Lou Tepper was promoted to head coach. So it could be assumed that Illinois' football program is in a bit of a turmoil.
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November 6, 1990 | JERRY CROWE and MARTIN BECK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
USC and Oregon, two of the runners-up to Pacific-10 Conference champion and the nation's No. 2 team, Washington, reached oral agreements to accept bowl invitations Monday. USC reached an agreement with officials of the John Hancock Bowl and will play in the New Year's Eve game at El Paso, the chairman of the game's selection committee said, and a Freedom Bowl official announced that Oregon would be extended an invitation to the Dec. 29 game in Anaheim.
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December 31, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Illinois is a team that has lost momentum. When the Illini accepted an invitation to play UCLA today in the 58th John Hancock Bowl at Sun Bowl Stadium, it had a 6-3 record. Then, Illinois lost its last two regular-season games, to Michigan and Michigan State, and eventually lost its coach. John Mackovic accepted the Texas coaching job, and defensive coordinator Lou Tepper was promoted to head coach. So it could be assumed that Illinois' football program is in a bit of a turmoil.
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December 28, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE
UCLA will be virtually at full strength physically for its John Hancock Bowl game Tuesday against Illinois at El Paso. Coach Terry Donahue said that tailback Shawn Wills, who sat out four of the last five regular-season games because of a sprained knee, will be available. Wills started four games before his injury. However, Kevin Williams, who gained 1,089 yards for a 6.5-yard average that led the Pacific 10 Conference, will probably be the starting tailback.
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November 16, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a John Hancock Bowl bid apparently secured, UCLA will try to finish the regular season in a manner that would justify their selection. The Bruins have two regular-season games remaining, against Oregon today at the Rose Bowl and against USC next Saturday at the Coliseum. The Bruins (6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference) would like to go into their bowl matchup against Illinois on Dec. 31 in El Paso with an 8-3 record, at least no worse than 7-4.
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June 2, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Gator, Blockbuster and John Hancock bowls have been picked to participate in the second tier of a bowl alliance organized in January. The commissioners of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Eight, Pacific 10 and Southwest conferences met last week during the College Football Assn. meetings in Dallas to organize the alliance.
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December 30, 1990 | JERRY CROWE
A year ago, Smith never would have predicted the emergence this season of sophomore tailback Mazio Royster. "He's a guy who, for two years, floundered around here," Smith said. "I tried to run him out twice because he just wasn't my kind of guy. I had to chase him to class all the time. He was late for meetings, practices. I suspended him on a number of occasions, left him at home (while the Trojans traveled)--all kinds of stuff--that first year or two.
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December 31, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE
Illinois fullback Kameno Bell is the only Big Ten player to rank among the conference's top 10 rushers and receivers. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound senior from Chicago has rushed for 642 yards, a 4.8-yard average, and has caught 60 passes for 484 yards. Quarterback Jason Verduzco also throws to wide receivers Elbert Turner and John Wright, who are averaging 15.4 and 15.1 yards per catch, respectively. Verduzco, who grew up in Antioch, Calif., was not recruited by any Pacific 10 school.
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December 28, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE
UCLA will be virtually at full strength physically for its John Hancock Bowl game Tuesday against Illinois at El Paso. Coach Terry Donahue said that tailback Shawn Wills, who sat out four of the last five regular-season games because of a sprained knee, will be available. Wills started four games before his injury. However, Kevin Williams, who gained 1,089 yards for a 6.5-yard average that led the Pacific 10 Conference, will probably be the starting tailback.
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November 18, 1991
It's official. UCLA will make its first postseason appearance in three years on New Year's Eve when the Bruins face Illinois in the John Hancock Bowl at El Paso, Tex. UCLA (7-3), which became the first school to win bowl games in seven successive years when it beat Arkansas, 17-3, in the Cotton Bowl following the 1988 season, will meet Illinois (6-4).
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November 16, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a John Hancock Bowl bid apparently secured, UCLA will try to finish the regular season in a manner that would justify their selection. The Bruins have two regular-season games remaining, against Oregon today at the Rose Bowl and against USC next Saturday at the Coliseum. The Bruins (6-3 overall and 4-2 in the Pacific 10 Conference) would like to go into their bowl matchup against Illinois on Dec. 31 in El Paso with an 8-3 record, at least no worse than 7-4.
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November 14, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A representative of the John Hancock Bowl said Wednesday that a bid will be extended to UCLA Sunday to play Illinois in the game at El Paso on Dec. 31. Jimmy Rogers said UCLA will be offered an invitation whether it wins or loses against Oregon Saturday at the Rose Bowl. NCAA rules prohibit extension of bowl bids until Sunday, but most bowl pairings have already been made.
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January 1, 1991 | ALLAN MALAMUD
On the field after the John Hancock (Don't Call Me Sun) Bowl Monday, a young fan called out to Todd Marinovich: "Stay in school, man." A sound piece of advice. If there is a draft that Marinovich should enter this year, it's the World League of American Football draft. On closing day of 1990, the sophomore USC quarterback performed so dismally against Michigan State that he was lifted with nine minutes remaining and the outcome in doubt.
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November 6, 1990 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
USC has reached an oral agreement with officials of the John Hancock Bowl and will play in the New Year's Eve game at El Paso, the chairman of the game's selection committee said Monday night. Bowl invitations cannot be officially extended until Nov. 24, but John Folmer of the Hancock Bowl committee said of the Trojans: "They say they want to come, and we say we want them." USC's probable opponent, Folmer said, will be Michigan State, which is 4-3-1 overall and 3-2 in the Big Ten Conference.
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December 23, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
USC quarterback Todd Marinovich, who has been battling a severe inner ear infection, suited up for practice Friday for the first time in a week. USC Coach Larry Smith said it's "very possible" Marinovich won't be ready to play when the 21st-ranked Trojans face 22nd-ranked Michigan State in the John Hancock Bowl at El Paso on Dec. 31. Smith said the team's coaches and medical staff were concerned because Marinovich had responded slowly to antibiotics prescribed for the ear ailment.
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January 1, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to write a storybook ending to his unusual season and a mostly unfulfilling career, backup quarterback Shane Foley had USC positioned to beat Michigan State Monday in the John Hancock Bowl. A fourth-quarter replacement for Todd Marinovich, whose third interception of the day prompted Coach Larry Smith to bench him, Foley drove the Trojans within 17 yards of a go-ahead touchdown with 3 1/2 minutes left.
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December 31, 1990 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the first time in four seasons under Coach Larry Smith, USC failed to qualify for the Rose Bowl. But the Trojans (8-3-1) will play a Big Ten opponent today in the John Hancock Bowl. A pretty good one, too. Michigan State (7-3-1) shared the Big Ten championship with Iowa, Michigan and Illinois, winning its last five games.
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