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1953 California Golden Bears football
ConferencePacific Coast Conference
1953 record4–4–2 (2–2–2 PCC)
Head coachPappy Waldorf (7th season)
Home stadiumCalifornia Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 PCC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 UCLA 6 1 0     8 2 0
#19 Stanford 5 1 1     6 3 1
USC 4 2 1     6 3 1
California 2 2 2     4 4 2
Washington State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Oregon State 3 5 0     3 6 0
Washington 2 4 1     3 6 1
Oregon 2 5 1     4 5 1
Idaho 0 3 0     1 8 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.[1][2]

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.[3] 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).[3]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 19No. 20 Baylor*No. 14L 0–2534,000
September 26at Oregon StateNo. 14W 26–013,442[4]
October 3No. 6 Ohio State*
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
L 19–3347,000
October 10at No. 20 Penn*W 40–052,000
October 17San Jose State*No. 16
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 34–1439,000
October 24No. 11 USC
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
L 20–3278,000[5]
October 31at No. 10 UCLAL 7–2070,037
November 7Washington
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
W 53–2536,000[6]
November 14Oregon
  • California Memorial Stadium
  • Berkeley, CA
T 0–024,000
November 21at No. 16 StanfordT 21–2191,500
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
[7]

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