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August 30, 1997
So Bob Toledo says, "Our goal is to have a winning season. That's progress." Toledo obviously learned well from his mentor, Terry Donahue. Set the bar as low as possible and act like one step above mediocrity is some sort of worthy achievement. With programs such as Northwestern and Kansas State now regularly winning nine games a season, simply because they were intelligent enough to hire top coaches, it is astounding that the UCLA faithful continue to accept the Bruins' third-class football status.
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December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA started the new decade in the 2000 Sun Bowl by carrying on a '90s tradition -- losing to Wisconsin in a bowl game. The Badgers beat the Bruins twice in the Rose Bowl, in the 1993 and 1998 seasons. In the 2000 Sun Bowl in El Paso, UCLA blew a 20-7 second-half lead and lost, 21-20. The Bruins lost quarterback Cory Paus, who broke a collarbone during the game. They also failed on a fake field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, setting up the Badgers' game-winning touchdown.
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SPORTS
July 11, 2009
Jerry Crowe's July 3 item had BusterSports.Com's rankings of the best Pac-10 football coaches in history. Almost certainly that list was reached with some sort of hard data statistic. If so, we have the best example yet of Disraeli's quote: "There are lies, damn lies and statistics!" Any statistic that has Terry Donahue on the same page with Tommy Prothro is fallacious and irrelevant, so much so as to discredit the entire project. Donahue couldn't beat USC with Troy Aikman at quarterback and Ken Norton at linebacker.
SPORTS
July 11, 2009
Jerry Crowe's July 3 item had BusterSports.Com's rankings of the best Pac-10 football coaches in history. Almost certainly that list was reached with some sort of hard data statistic. If so, we have the best example yet of Disraeli's quote: "There are lies, damn lies and statistics!" Any statistic that has Terry Donahue on the same page with Tommy Prothro is fallacious and irrelevant, so much so as to discredit the entire project. Donahue couldn't beat USC with Troy Aikman at quarterback and Ken Norton at linebacker.
SPORTS
December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA started the new decade in the 2000 Sun Bowl by carrying on a '90s tradition -- losing to Wisconsin in a bowl game. The Badgers beat the Bruins twice in the Rose Bowl, in the 1993 and 1998 seasons. In the 2000 Sun Bowl in El Paso, UCLA blew a 20-7 second-half lead and lost, 21-20. The Bruins lost quarterback Cory Paus, who broke a collarbone during the game. They also failed on a fake field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, setting up the Badgers' game-winning touchdown.
SPORTS
May 4, 1993 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
May 15, 1995 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
September 24, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 23, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
November 22, 2009 | By Chris Foster
Everyone agrees on this much: Forty years ago today, USC receiver Sam Dickerson was somewhere inside the Coliseum when he was involved in two key plays that changed the course of a season -- and maybe more. Exactly where he was is still the topic of debate. Some joke that Dickerson's only shot at catching one late-in-the-game, fourth-down pass would have been if he were standing on Mt. Whitney. And that follow-up touchdown grab, the one that is still cursed around Westwood?
SPORTS
August 30, 1997
So Bob Toledo says, "Our goal is to have a winning season. That's progress." Toledo obviously learned well from his mentor, Terry Donahue. Set the bar as low as possible and act like one step above mediocrity is some sort of worthy achievement. With programs such as Northwestern and Kansas State now regularly winning nine games a season, simply because they were intelligent enough to hire top coaches, it is astounding that the UCLA faithful continue to accept the Bruins' third-class football status.
SPORTS
May 15, 1995 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
May 4, 1993 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
September 24, 1987 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 23, 1985 | TRACY DODDS, Times Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
October 29, 1991 | MAL FLORENCE
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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