Yearbook: Pepperdine

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pepperdine's yearbook is digitized and available online. There are a number of other interesting and semi-interesting collections from the Pepperdine Libraries' Digital Collections page. Definitely worth a look for Alumni and fans alike.

Pepperdine Promenade online editions are available for 1939-1970. The school was chartered in 1937 and the first edition 1939 Promenade covers the 1938 school year/ athletic season. There was no Pepperdine yearbook for 1971 or 1972 as the school moved its campus to Malibu, CA. From 1973-1977 the yearbook was renamed iMprints, and thereafter named Impressions. From 2007 on, the yearbook has been made available in digital form only.

Regarding football there's not much. Pepperdine only had pigskin for 16 years. Still their yearbook is a nice look back at the Wave's athletic history. Begun in 1946, Pepperdine football wasted no time making a  splash at the small-college level. The Wave went 8-1 in their inaugural season losing only to a weak Arizona State team from the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

In Pepperdine's second year they simply went undefeated 9-0 claiming the small college national championship for that year.

Even as champion, times were different back then and there was basically no compensation given to bowl games' participants. Pepperdine declined invites to several bowls, took their title and went home.

That was the last the country saw of powerhouse Pepperdine football as the team enjoyed just three seasons above .500 in the remainder of their short history.

1947 Pepperdine (in white) vs. Cal Poly


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Jared Hassin Goes

Sal reports that Jared Hassin quit the team. I'm more let down by that than by any single defeat this year. Jared was one of the guys I expected to be a leader coming into the 2011 season but the rigors of the position led to injuries which removed #7 from the field. This year, whether it was battling those recurring injuries, or coming to terms with minimal playing time - or a mix of both Jared just never got it going.

Hassin is a guy with a family history with the academy and came to West Point with a purpose. I really wish his football dream was still alive at West Point, but here's to Hassin finding success pursuing his life's next purpose. Here's a look at a Wiki bio of #7 and his Go Army Sports bio which as of right now is still up.


Army 1-6

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Things are bad, real bad, and getting worse.

On that UPS performance index the only team below Army is Idaho:

Rank         Team                     G       Off.          Def.        ST       Misc.       Index
119  Army Black Knights       7       102.46 62.43     82.69   85.06    67.60
120      Idaho Vandals       8        84.85       70.73 85.37   76.23    67.09
Idaho fired Robb Akey the other day. 
I don't advocate or foresee Rich Ellerson being let go mid-season or after this season  - and for that matter not next year or after next year either - but I would bank on some sort of significant sacrifice from the defensive staff. You will find no bigger advocate than me for stability on the coaching staff- and Army has had remarkable stability on its staff.  There comes a time to move forward with the team and I feel that now would be a good time to shop around.

Army made an emu of a team look like a flock of eagles.

I'm happy to wash my hands of the Eastern Michigan game.

Army EMU story, stats and highlights.


Army/Ball State game notes are up. (pdf)

Here's a look at my Blogpoll Top 25 ballot.

SB Nation BlogPoll Top 25 College Football Rankings

The Unbalanced Line Ballot - Week 8

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21 Ohio Bobcats --
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23 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs --
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Dropouts: Cincinnati Bearcats, West Virginia Mountaineers, Arizona St. Sun Devils, TCU Horned Frogs, Michigan Wolverines
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