Pearl Harbor, the '41 Spartans


Pearl Harbor, the '41 Spartans

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Ten years ago, in my final television class at San Jose State, I came across what was one of the best story ideas ever passed my way. A professor had told me about the 1941 Spartan football team, which was in Honolulu the morning Pearl Harbor was attacked. I grew up in the Bay Area, and thought I had heard every "important" local sports story over the years ... but this one was new to me.

As a member of the Journalism schools weekly newscast, I diligently tracked down phone numbers and leads to any of the players who were either still in the area, and in good health. Sure enough, persistence led me to Fred Lindsay, who was still local and lively, and recollected the tragic events and his accounts from what President Franklin Roosevelt described as a "day of infamy."

I eventually put together one of my best collegiate feature pieces to commemorate the 60th anniversary of a most devastating event in American history.

Fast forward to the middle of this past summer. I was going through old tapes (yes, I save almost everything), when I came across my original story from college. I literally blew the dust off the tape, watched it, and realized I needed to "re-tell" what is an under-told, incredible tale on its 70th anniversary. I passed along the idea to our CSN senior coordinating producer Dave Bernstein, and immediately the wheels were in motion.

Unfortunately, Lindsay had passed away at some point in the last decade, so we desperately hoped to find someone else. It took us a long time to finally get in touch with someone who fit the same criteria as 10 years ago -- a team member in good health, and someone we could have access to. Luckily, Jack Galvin, a 90-year old Citrus Heights resident was a perfect fit, and willing to share his account with us.

Myself, photographers Keith Manglona and Sandro Barcelos had a good afternoon meeting with Jack, and hearing his story of what transpired on that unforgettable Sunday morning. In total, the interview went almost 40 minutes ... a long time in television standards, and was interesting from start to finish. Its good to see Jack still living life to the fullest, and I hope you appreciate his efforts in putting words to his memories.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino


Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset


Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset


BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.


A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.