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November 25, 1989
USC has developed the tradition of a famous 12th man on their football field. He's a zebra, an official who comes to the Trojans' aid with a helping hand. Saturday he gave them a touchdown on an out-of-bounds pass. Two years ago he did the same thing. Twice in the past he helped them win two other UCLA games with phony pass interference calls against Terry Donahue teams. He did the same thing against Tommy Prothro's teams.
April 23, 2002
Vic Kelley Jr., 88, who served as UCLA sports information director for 36 years before retiring in 1981, died Wednesday of prostate cancer at a convalescent hospital in the San Fernando Valley. Born in Muskogee, Okla., he graduated from UCLA in 1937, playing on its golf team for three years.
September 4, 1996 | JIM HODGES
Danny Farmer comes by his two-sport prowess honestly. His father, George, played for national championship basketball teams for John Wooden at UCLA, and also for Tommy Prothro during football season, eventually winding up with the Chicago Bears for eight seasons. Danny's sports are volleyball and football and he sees similarities. "When [a pass] goes up, it's kind of like setting a volleyball," said Farmer, a freshman receiver. "When I'm setting a volleyball, it's kind of like catching a pass."
December 26, 2002
-- UCLA Coaching Records COACH YEARS W L T PCT Fred W. Cozens 1919 2 6 0 250 Harry Trotter 1920-1922 2 13 1 156 James Cline 1923-1924 2 10 3 233 William H. Spaulding 1925-1938 72 51 8 580 Edwin C. "Babe" Horrell 1939-1944 24 31 6 443 Bert LaBrucherie 1945-1948 23 16 0 590 Henry R. "Red" Sanders 1949-1957 66 19 1 773 George W. Dickerson 1958 1 2 0 333 William F. "Bill" Barnes 1958-1964 31 34 3 478 Tommy Prothro 1965-1970 41 18 3 685 Pepper Rodgers...
February 27, 1992 | TIM KAWAKAMI
Jack Youngblood says if he has one model for learning how to lead men, one man whose energy and vision he hopes to incorporate into his job as an executive for the Sacramento Surge in the World League of American Football, it is Chuck Knox. Youngblood was a third-year backup defensive lineman when Knox first came to the Rams as head coach in 1973. One of Knox's first moves was to make Youngblood a starter. The team went from 6-7-1 under Tommy Prothro in 1972 to 12-2 in 1973.
November 18, 1994 | JIM HODGES
There's no Rose Bowl at stake for UCLA on Saturday, but that really hasn't changed Coach Terry Donahue's week. "There isn't as much media attention because we can't get into the Rose Bowl, but the rest of it is the same," said Donahue, on his way to a Thursday night function, with three others scheduled for today. "This week, there's always several reunions and get-togethers. . . . It's no different if there's a Rose Bowl or a national championship or anything else at stake," he said.
September 30, 1995
Here we go again with those spoiled Bruin fans. So what if UCLA's Rose Bowl hopes are dead in September--they've gone four times in 20 years, how greedy can you get? Hasn't Terry Donahue warned of the dangers of great expectations? And how about those injuries? Red Sanders, Dick Vermeil and Tommy Prothro sure were lucky. It's just so hard to recruit at legitimate academic institutions like Harvard, MIT and UCLA. Cheer up, Bruins. You've still got a shot at the Aloha Bowl. Now give me an eight-clap!
September 6, 1989 | JERRY CROWE
UCLA will open the season Saturday night with a starting quarterback who has yet to take a snap in a college game. "Sounds familiar," said Gary Beban, who was the man on the spot the last time UCLA faced that situation. In his Bruin debut as a sophomore on Sept. 18, 1965, Beban completed eight of 15 passes for 69 yards and carried 26 times for 53 yards, producing more than half of UCLA's 206 total yards in a 13-3 loss to Michigan State at East Lansing, Mich.
September 10, 2005
Why should Karl Dorrell be judged by a different standard than his contemporaries? In his third season at USC, Pete Carroll won a national championship. In his third season at Cal, Jeff Tedford had the Bears in the top 10 and in contention for a BCS bowl, finishing 10-2. In his second season Tedford beat the aforementioned USC team. And Tedford inherited a team with a 1-10 record. Why should we expect and accept less from Dorrell? Both Carroll and Tedford proved it could be done. In fact, Red Sanders and Tommy Prothro each turned UCLA's football program around in his first year.
August 28, 1985
Played 14 seasons with the Rams. Only Merlin Olsen (15), Charlie Cowan (15) and Joe Scibelli (15) played longer. Started in 184 games. Played in 202 Ram games. Only Olsen (208) and Cowan (206) played in more. Played in 201 consecutive games, a Ram record. Missed first game of Ram career last Dec. 9 against Houston after playing 201 straight. That back injury forced him to retire on Aug. 27, 1985.
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