Remembering Smith and Carlos' famous salute


Remembering Smith and Carlos' famous salute

The iconic image of San Jose States Tommie Smith and John Carlos raising their fists in salute of the disenfranchised was, as their longtime friend and fellow Spartan alum Ron Davis said, born from the turbulent times of 1968.

We had the assassination of Martin Luther King during that year, Davis said. The Civil Rights Movement was going on in the U.S.

Americas black Olympians had considered an Olympic boycott that year, but Smith said they chose to protest injustice in another way.

We were smart enough to use what we had, which is our speed, the fastest men in the world, and smart enough to realize the need because we lived the need, Smith said.

Almost immediately after their gesture, Smith and Carlos, and even second-place finisher, Peter Norman of Australia, who sympathized with them, began paying the price.

They were booed off of the platform. Smith and Carlos were kicked out of the Olympic Village, and none of the three ever raced in Olympic competition again.

I can see the sacrifice to these two young men, them not knowing what to expect but still making one of the biggest sacrifices of their career, in fact of their lives, Smith said.

The punishment the Olympians faced led them to desperate measures at times.

John Carlos had to use his furniture for firewood, they were so poor, Davis said. I think that struggle that he had probably took its toll on his wife and the same thing with Tommy Smith.

Davis, now the track coach at San Jose State, looks on in satisfied wonder at the statue erected on campus in honor of Carlos and Smith. The 23-foot statue, depicting Smith and Carlos on the Olympic podium with their fists raised and gloved, was erected in 2005.

Davis said history has been kind to the duos legacy.

Now people understand was they were talking about because people are experiencing it now due to the financial crisis that we are all having, Davis said. Because of that, they can relate to why they did what they did.

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.