This Just In: USC Also Is a 1939 Champion
Wednesday, July 28, 2004; Page D02
It seems that winning half of last season's national championship only made the USC football program hungry for more.
The Trojans have gone back through the record books and are laying claim to a portion of the 1939 title, according to the Los Angeles Times.
That season's undefeated team, though it finished No. 3 in the young Associated Press poll, ranked first in the Dickinson System, a now-defunct formula that was among the recognized polls of the era.
"It was brought to our attention by various individuals that we should be claiming the 1939 Trojans among our national champions," Athletic Director Mike Garrett said. "We took this matter seriously, did significant research and determined this to be true."
USC is not alone in its assessment; the NCAA also lists the team among three champions named by 13 polls in existence that season.
Texas A&M, at 11-0, ranked atop 10 of the polls. Cornell, 8-0, won two.
The Trojans shut out six teams and yielded only 33 points, still a school record. They defeated No. 7 Notre Dame and No. 11 Oregon State, but tied Oregon and No. 9 UCLA.
A 14-0 victory over No. 2 Tennessee in the Rose Bowl left USC at 8-0-2.
-- From News Services
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