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The brave new AAWU rises from the ashes of the strife-torn PCC
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September 21, 1959

The West

The brave new AAWU rises from the ashes of the strife-torn PCC

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Meanwhile, with the corpse of the PCC scarcely cold, there is kiss-and-make-up talk in the Northwest. Bob Swan, president of the Portland alumni of Oregon State, goes so far as to say that the admission of Oregon State and Oregon to the AAWU is "inevitable." Swan bases this remarkable statement on the fact that one Orlando J. Hollis has resigned as faculty representative at Oregon. Hollis is regarded as the man who hollered cops longest and loudest on the errant members of the PCC.

At bottom, football-minded people in Oregon are torn between hurt pride over being snubbed by the AAWU and a desire to get on the AAWU bandwagon anyway. Swan insists that he feels no bitterness toward the California schools or toward Washington and that he encounters little of this. On the other hand, he can speak with considerable spirit on the theme that the orphaned schools will do nicely, thank you, if they have to go it alone. "Other bowl bids will be open," he says, "and we won't have to split the loot as in the case of the Rose Bowl."

If widespread animosity toward the AAWU members is not discernible to Swan, it assuredly is to others. " UCLA and profanity," says one Oregon U. official, "are synonymous. The real animosity is toward the Los Angeles people. UCLA is an s.o.b. to everyone."

Don Brown, Portland advertising salesman and Oregon State booster, detects much anger over Washington but looks toward the California schools with forebearance. "Why be bitter," he asks, "against those people you'd like to be like?"

And in a recent letter to a Los Angeles fan, Leo Harris, director of athletics at Oregon, talked peace: "We sincerely hope that the new conference will include the University of Oregon and Oregon State College."

Reunion or not, says Art Litchman, Oregon sports publicity director, football up north is very much alive. "We have an outstanding schedule," he says, "which has furnished a cushion for everyone's ego. People have confidence in the future. They see the six-year schedule and say, 'That's better than we were playing.' "

Over the next six years Oregon has, in fact, scheduled such powers as Ohio State and Texas on the road, the Air Force and Pittsburgh at home. Iowa and Wisconsin are among intersectional blue chips on the Oregon State future book. However, Oregon must play Washington State twice this season after being dumped from UCLA's 1959 schedule.

In the suspenseful days ahead for Coast football, not the least provocative situation is that centering on the Rose Bowl. With every evidence of joy, the AAWU shut out the other members of the old PCC in its new contract with the Tournament of Roses, effective after the current series with the Big Ten expires next New Year's Day. The Big Ten, after humiliating PCC contenders in 12 of the last 13 games, decided this summer not to renew its end of the contract on a conference-wide basis but authorized individual members to accept Rose Bowl invitations at their discretion. Since five schools voted against the contract extension in the showdown balloting, these ( Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Northwestern) are not believed likely to accept bids if tendered.

If ferment is the order of the day on the Pacific slope, glory and wonder abound up on the Colorado plateau where the Air Force Academy drills. Let us now red-circle October 31 on our calendars, for on that day, in Yankee Stadium, Ben Martin's marvelous Falcons will meet Army for the first time.

And, lest we forget, Mr. Dick Bass, total offense leader in the land last year with 1,440 yards, will be performing each weekend for College of the Pacific.

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