|1953 California Golden Bears football|
|Conference||Pacific Coast Conference|
|1953 record||4–4–2 (2–2–2 PCC)|
|Head coach||Pappy Waldorf (7th season)|
|Home stadium||California Memorial Stadium|
|1953 PCC football standings|
|#5 UCLA †||6||–||1||–||0||8||–||2||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1953 California Golden Bears football team was an American football team that represented the University of California, Berkeley during the 1953 college football season. Under head coach Pappy Waldorf, the team compiled an overall record of 4–4–2 and 2–2–2 in conference.
The 1953 season is partially associated with a recruiting scandal involving star freshman quarterback Ronnie Knox. In order to have Knox enroll at the university, the California football booster club promised him that Knox's step father to be hired as a scout, his high school coach would be hired as an assistant coach, and that Knox himself would be given a job writing for a local newspaper and also be paid $500 per year by the booster club. Knox enrolled at Cal but California's administration found out and made sure that the benefits would not be provided. After one year at Cal, Knox transferred to University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
|September 19||No. 20 Baylor*||No. 14||L 0–25||34,000|
|September 26||at Oregon State||No. 14||W 26–0||13,442|
|October 3||No. 6 Ohio State*||L 19–33||47,000|
|October 10||at No. 20 Penn*||W 40–0||52,000|
|October 17||San Jose State*||No. 16||W 34–14||39,000|
|October 24||No. 11 USC||L 20–32||78,000|
|October 31||at No. 10 UCLA||L 7–20||70,037|
|November 7||Washington||W 53–25||36,000|
|November 14||Oregon||T 0–0||24,000|
|November 21||at No. 16 Stanford||T 21–21||91,500|
- "1953 California Golden Bears Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/california/1953-schedule.html. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- "California 2015 Football Information Guide". Cal Golden Bears Athletics. p. 164. Archived from the original on October 26, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
- Kranz, Nick (2010-05-19). "The Sordid Tale of Ronnie Knox and the Dissolution of the PCC". http://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2010/5/18/1473469/the-sordid-tale-of-ronnie-knox-and.
- "Year-By-Year Results". 2017 Oregon State Football Media Guide Football. Oregon State Athletics. p. 167. http://osubeavers.com/documents/2017/8/1//Section_9_Year_by_Year_Results.pdf?id=7589.
- USC Football 2017 Media Guide. University of Southern California Athletics. p. 70. http://usctrojans.com/documents/2017/7/25/2017_USC_Football_Media_Guide.pdf.
- 2017 Washington Football Information. University of Washington Athletics. p. 192. http://gohuskies.com/documents/2017/7/24/2017_FB_Guide.pdf.
- 2015 Football Information Guide. Cal Athletics. 2015. p. 164. Archived from the original on 2016-10-26. https://web.archive.org/web/20161026170757/https://admin.xosn.com/attachments1/423534.pdf.
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