Pac-12 Networks heads back to the archives for return of 'Varsity Days,' presented by Mitsubishi
Season two of 12-part series unearthing classic Conference football highlights from yesteryear premieres Sunday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. PT
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (July 31, 2014) – Before the start of the 2014 college football season, Pac-12 Networks is taking fans back to the Conference’s golden age on the gridiron with season two of Varsity Days, Presented by Mitsubishi, premiering Sunday, August 3 with three, 30-minute episodes starting at 7:00 p.m. PT.
The shows, hosted by Rick Neuheisel, celebrate the players, voices and moments that defined college football in the Conference’s early days from the late 1940s to mid-1980s. These narrated programs, originally produced on 16mm film for local television or season-ending banquets, have been restored by the Pac-12 Networks archive team with animated graphics and factoids for today’s viewer.
Season two of Varsity Days will feature season reviews and game highlights, from the days of the Pacific Coast Conference to Arizona State’s historic 1986 season. Fans will be taken back to the days where prior to Ted Robinson, Gus Johnson and Brad Nessler calling the plays of Brett Hundley, Jordan Richards and Austin Hill, legendary voices like Keith Jackson and Dick Enberg brought the performances of Bob Schloredt, Marcus Allen and Ronnie Lott to life.
More details surrounding each episode can be found below. Varsity Days is just one of several shows airing exclusively this fall on Pac-12 Networks that will give viewers more classic, memorable moments of their favorite teams and players.
Varsity Days, season 2 episode details
Episode 1: 1952 Pacific Coast Conference Season Review
Debuts: Sunday, August 3 at 7:00 p.m. PT; all Networks
Summary: A school-by-school recap of the 1952 season starting with Idaho and ending with PCC Champion USC. Includes highlights featuring Stanford HB and two-time Olympic Gold medalist Bob Mathias. Narrated by Jack Shaw.
Episode 2: 1953 Pacific Coast Conference Players of the Week
Debuts: Sunday, August 3 at 7:30 p.m. PT; all Networks
Summary: A look back at the players of the week from the 1953 PCC season. Narrated by Tom Harmon.
Episode 3: History of the Rose Bowl – Blood, Sweat and Cheers
Debuts: Sunday, August 3 at 8:00 p.m. PT; all Networks
Summary: A look back at the history of the Rose Bowl game, from its humble beginnings to becoming ‘The Grandaddy of Them All.’ Narrated by Robert Conrad.
Episode 4: 1953 Rose Bowl – No. 5 USC vs. No. 11 Wisconsin
Debuts: Monday, August 4 at 9:00 p.m. PT; all Networks
Summary: A look back at the 1953 Rose Bowl Game between No. 5 USC and No. 11 Wisconsin. Highlights feature notable players including USC quarterbacks Jim Sears and Rudy Bukich and Wisconsin RB Alan Ameche.
Episode 5: 1980 Rose Bowl – No. 3 USC vs. No. 1 Ohio State
Debuts: Monday, August 4 at 9:30 p.m. PT; all Networks
Summary: A recap of the 1980 Rose Bowl Game between top-ranked Ohio State and No. 3 USC featuring USC running backs Charles White and Marcus Allen, USC S Ronnie Lott and Ohio State QB Art Schlichter. Narrated by Dick Enberg.
Episode 6: 1982 Arizona State season review
Debuts: Wednesday, August 6 at 9:00 p.m. PT; Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain
Summary: A recap of the 1982 Arizona State football season, where head coach Darryl Rogers led the Sun Devils to a 10-2 record and a Fiesta Bowl win over Oklahoma. Highlights of players include DT Jim Jeffcoat, LB Vernon Maxwell and S Mike Richardson.
Episode 7: 1960 Rose Bowl – No. 8 Washington vs. No. 6 Wisconsin
Debuts: Wednesday, August 6 at 9:00 p.m. PT; Pac-12 Washington, Pac-12 Oregon
Summary: A recap of the 1960 Rose Bowl Game between No. 6 Wisconsin and eight-ranked Washington that featured Husky QB Bob Schloredt and HB George Fleming. Narrated by Tom Harmon.
Episode 8: 1986 Arizona State season review
Debuts: Wednesday, August 6 at 9:30 p.m. PT; Pac-12 Networks, Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles, Pac-12 Bay Area and Pac-12 Mountain
Summary: A season recap of the 1986 Arizona State football season which ended in the Sun Devil’s first Rose Bowl win over Michigan. Notable players include ASU QB Jeff Van Raaphorst and DB Eric Allen. Narrated by Charlie Jones.
Episode 9: 1982 Rose Bowl – No. 12 Washington vs. No. 13 Iowa
Debuts: Wednesday, August 6 at 9:30 p.m. PT; Pac-12 Washington and Pac-12 Oregon
Summary: A recap of the 1982 Rose Bowl Game between No. 12 Washington and No. 13 Iowa that featured Washington QB Steve Pelluer and LB Mark Jerue. Narrated by Dick Enberg.
Episode 10: 1973 California season review
Debuts: Sunday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. PT; all Networks except Pac-12 Mountain
Summary: A recap of the 1973 California football season featuring quarterbacks Steve Bartkowski, Vince Ferragamo, RB Chuck Muncie and wideouts Steve Rivera and Wesley Walker. Narrated by Mark Ornellas.
Episode 11: 1969 Liberty Bowl – Colorado vs. Alabama
Debuts: Sunday, August 10 at 9:00 p.m. PT; only on Pac-12 Mountain
Summary: A recap of the record-setting 1969 Liberty Bowl game between Colorado and the Crimson Tide, led by legendary football coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant. Features highlights of Colorado RB Bobby Anderson.
Episode 12: 1958 Washington State game reviews – vs. Stanford and UCLA
Debuts: Sunday, August 10 at 9:30 p.m. PT; all Networks
Summary: A recap of Washington State’s games against Stanford and UCLA during the 1958 season. Narrated by Keith Jackson.