'The press viewed the flickering game movie in appalled silence. It was run and rerun. It was like watching Richard Widmark hitting a cripple in a gangster movie.'
—JAMES MURRAY, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, LOS ANGELES
'Bates hit the out-of-bounds marker flat on his back and the play was clearly over. McKeever kept running and piled on top of Bates, smashing him in the face with his elbow as he landed. He had plenty of time to stop. But he didn't.'
—ROBERT BOYLE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, SAN FRANCISCO
'Bates has broken nose, multiple fractures of the bones that make up the right side of the face. The plate of bone that holds upper teeth was fractured. The right side of the face was distorted, flattened and twisted by the fractured parts that hold the face in contour.'
—PHYSICIAN, COWELL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, BERKELEY, CALIF.
' McKeever was ejected the week before from the Stanford game. Films of last year's University of California game with the University of Southern California show McKeever undertaking the same tactics against Joe Kapp as were used against Steve Bates. We feel that amateur athletics deserves better than this from its participants.'
—PRESIDENT CLARK KERR AND CHANCELLOR GLEN SEABORG, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
'Truly sorry...for regrettable incident. This, as well as other incidents in the game, we feel, could have been avoided. To the extent we are responsible, we apologize.'
—NORMAN TOPPING, PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
'It is unfortunate and regrettable that the boy [Bates] is hurt, but this incident should not be tried in the newspapers because it damages a fine boy [ McKeever].
—TOM HAMILTON, COMMISSIONER OF FOUR-MONTH-OLD ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION OF WESTERN UNIVERSITIES
'A review of the films...indicates no misconduct on the part of Mike McKeever. He played one of the greatest offensive and defensive games of football that I personally have ever seen.'
—DON CLARK, USC COACH
'It was one of the most flagrant violations I have ever seen in football. The only reason I'm saying anything at all is that this type of play has got to be stopped.'
—PETE ELLIOTT, CALIFORNIA COACH
'To me this is a very serious thing, the whole question of dirty football playing, because if these coaches are teaching these young men to play dirty, why it's another step in the direction of cheating and playing the game unfair.'
—EDMUND G. BROWN, GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA
One of the best-behaved players on the U.S. football scene last week was Mike McKeever, who played guard for the University of Southern California when the Trojans beat West Virginia 36-0.