1940 Rose Bowl: too much fun to win?

Vols meet stars, live it up, lose to USC 14-0

It was announced on Sunday Dec. 10, 1939, that the Tennessee Vols were headed to the Rose Bowl to play the Southern Cal Trojans. Head coach Robert Neyland confirmed the invitation with the simple statement that the Vols were “happy to go.”

Knoxville was excited. The Rose Bowl was the dream destination of every college football program, and UT had its distinguished graduate, Clarence Brown, in Hollywood waiting for their arrival.

Brown had graduated from Knoxville High and then from the University of Tennessee in 1919. He was a successful Hollywood director and huge Volunteer football fan. The Vols had a special host to entertain them in the movie capital of the world.

Knoxville also was filled with controversy. UT administrators had stated the band and cheerleaders would not go.

It also was revealed not all 45 of the varsity players would make the trip. Students were outraged and threatened protests.

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Hawks, Ads, Dawgs, Irish, Bobcats soccer teams aid tornado relief

HARDIN VALLEY — Soccer recently took a back seat for the Hardin Valley Academy boys team.

The Hawks, who have split their first two regular-season matches in 2020, had a final scrimmage scheduled in Cookeville.

But Hardin Valley canceled its scrimmage against the Cavaliers. The Hawks made the trip to Middle Tennessee, but soccer was the last thing on their minds.

They spent a day aiding in the relief effort in the area, which was hit hard by tornadoes in the late hours of Monday, March 2, and early hours of Tuesday, March 3.

The scrimmage “was after the tornadoes hit on a Tuesday, so we decided to cancel our scrimmage with Cookeville with the recovery effort there,” Hardin Valley head coach Brad Delano said. “We took supplies and we helped with the cleanup effort down there.”

While the HVA Lady Hawks chipped in with some help, Hardin Valley wasn’t the only school to participate in the effort to clean up Cookeville and help the city recover. Farragut, Bearden, Knoxville Catholic and Knoxville Central also joined.

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