Trojans and (then) Indians and a Bear, Oh My!

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Fifty years ago this month, USC played Alabama in a football game that was destined to change college sports in the South. Coach John McKay’s Trojans were the first fully integrated team to play in Alabama, taking on Paul “Bear” Bryant’s all-white Crimson Tide. With an all-Black backfield of quarterback Jimmy Jones, running back Sam “Bam” Cunningham and tailback Clarence Davis, the Trojans crushed Alabama 42-21. Dr. Bartner recalls that game and the 1970 season, concluding with an upset win against Notre Dame Dame and a halftime show conducted in the rain by Henry Mancini in this week’s ARTCAST.

If this had been a normal year, USC would be in Palo Alto this weekend taking on the Leland Stanford Jr. University Cardinal, who were known as the Indians until 1971. The Bay Area weekenders have become a Spirit of Troy tradition, as well as the now-famous Stanford Countermarch. Dr. Bartner recalls how the Farm’s band influenced his early years in this week’s Classic TMB podcast, available Saturday.

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