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From "42" to "1970"

USC-Alabama game in 1970 changed course of college football

Updated: May 10, 2013, 5:30 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC
With the recent release of "42," the story of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier is back in the news.

If you haven't seen this wonderfully acted movie, you should. It's painful watching at times and a reminder of just how horrible things were in the struggle for racial integration during that time. I found myself feeling incredibly uncomfortable at times by the horrendous acts of racism directed at Robinson during his rise to the big leagues.

As I watched the movie, which finished to applause from the entire theater, I couldn't help but think of the 1970 USC football team, an integrated team that traveled to Alabama to play Bear Bryant's all-white Crimson Tide on a Sept. 12 evening at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala.

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Columnist, WeAreSC.com