"of aiding athletes beyond he limitations of the conference code" the 1956
football season in the Pacific Coast Conference became impossible to predict.
Sanctions were handed down by the conference and then the National Collegiate
Association as it was then known which left many players stripped of
eligibility, the defection of others to different conferences, and fines for the
involved university programs. Initially, champion UCLA and Washington were
hardest hit but in a scandal that would be mirrored by the dissolution of the
Southwest Conference with their mid-1980's recruiting scandal, the
finger-pointing by all involved eventually brought USC and Cal into the penalty
box also. When the Trojans took the field, they had traded the 75th Anniversary
Diamond from each side of their headgear for white numerals while maintaining
the gold stripe on their maroon shell. Hill had announced this as his final year
intending to give full focus to his job as Athletic Director. Roberts and Arnett
made for a formidable backfield with future long time NFL assistant coach Ernie
Zampese as Arnett's backup. Unfortunately, the sanctions and a solid 8-2 record
would not allow any post-season play as Hill handed the coaching reins to
assistant Don Clark for the '57 season.
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