Remembering Red Sanders

Today is the 60th anniversary of the death of former UCLA coach Red Sanders and I’ve been wanting to tell a Sanders story that I recently heard.

Back in the 1950’s, newspaper reporters would meet Sanders at Scandia, a landmark restaurant on Sunset Blvd.

On some of those days, Sanders would skip practice presumably because he had a bit too much to drink. It was no big deal to the coaching staff, which knew he might not make it back for practice.

Things like that could happen in those days. Remember, I recounted how former USC president John Hubbard disappeared for two weeks during a bender after the Notre Dame game.
And many of you probably already know the scandalous circumstances regarding Sanders’ death.

9 thoughts on “Remembering Red Sanders

  1. He was one of the pioneers of the line of cheaters that came out of ugly. The Hall of Fame of Cheaters are: Sanders, Wooden, Harrick, Donahue, and others.


  2. Except for the 1952 game his teams dominated SC and most other teams except Duffy Daugherty’s Mich St teams…he was a great football coach…and football is the topic, right?


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