May 4, 1993 |
Tommy Prothro, a former head football coach of Oregon State, UCLA, the Rams and San Diego Chargers, is seriously ill with cancer, he revealed Monday. Prothro, 72, said his condition was diagnosed as prostrate cancer in 1985. When it worsened in January, spreading throughout his body, he flew to Los Angeles from his home in Memphis, Tenn., and spent the last three months undergoing experimental treatments at the UCLA Medical Center.
May 15, 1995 |
Tommy Prothro, a former football coach with UCLA, the Rams, the San Diego Chargers and Oregon State, died Sunday at his home in Memphis after a long bout with cancer. He was 74. Prothro was first diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1985, but after it worsened in January of 1993, spreading throughout his body, he flew to Los Angeles to undergo experimental treatments at the UCLA Medical Center. "I have cancer and nobody knows how it's going to go from there," Prothro said at the time.
September 24, 1987 |
When the late J.D. Morgan chose Terry Donahue to be the football coach at UCLA in the spring of 1976, it was a close call. He narrowed the field to a handful of candidates, and then he went with his instincts. Among the final candidates was Dick Tomey, who was then on the Bruin staff. Tomey stayed at UCLA one more year, serving as Donahue's defensive coordinator, then became the coach at the University of Hawaii.
October 23, 1985 |
Mel Farr, No. 22, will be one of the starting running backs for UCLA in the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Yes, this is 1985. No, Pasadena has not been caught in a time warp. It's already a new generation. This is Mel Farr, Jr. His father, Mel Farr, No. 22, was one of the starting running backs for UCLA in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, 1966, when the Bruins upset Michigan State, 14-12. UCLA Coach Terry Donahue remembers it well.
October 29, 1991 |
UCLA's game against Washington State Saturday at the Rose Bowl, originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m., has been changed to 3:30 p.m. The Bruins' scheduled 12:20 p.m. game against Stanford Nov. 9 at Palo Alto also will start at 3:30 p.m. Each game will be televised by Prime Ticket. UCLA's annual football reunion dinner, honoring members of the 1966 Rose Bowl team, will be held Wednesday night at the James West Center on campus. Tommy Prothro, coach of the 1966 team, will be the featured speaker.
September 16, 1989
Year in, year out, win or lose, Terry Donahue coaches a brand of football best described as ho-hum. Along with my bifocals and my rocking chair and my lap blanket, I have fond memories of the most exciting football I ever saw, coached by those unique masters--Tommy Prothro and Red Sanders. What terrific leaders. Tricky devils with strange, detached senses of humor, they got the most out of their troops with flair, intelligence and imagination.