Does there need to be another movie on the USC-Alabama game in 1970?
Apparently, the answer is yes.
The USC Cinema School is partnering with Village Roadshow Entertainment to develop an original film on the game and its social implications.
Perhaps an encouraging sign is USC professor John Watson, who is a movie producer, is going to work with other USC alumni to write and develop the project.
That will hopefully mean the movie will be accurate and jettison the false tales that emerged like Alabama coach Bear Bryant taking USC fullback Sam Cunningham into the Crimson Tide locker room and belittling his own players. It never happened.
There have been plans for other movies on the USC-Alabama game for years. Showtime did a documentary titled “Against the Tide” in 2013 while HBO offered “Breaking the Huddle” in 2008.
Of course, whether the game had the impact of the legend is dubious. Six SEC schools had integrated by the 1970 season.
If you want to read a debunking of the USC-Alabama mythology, writer Tom Shanahan did it with this article.
Excerpt: “In 1968, Southern Methodist’s Jerry LeVias scored 8 points in a rout at Auburn. He integrated SEC end zones with his score two years before USC played Alabama, Also, in 1968, Tennessee’s Lester McClain scored six touchdowns. In 1969, Kentucky’s Wilbur Hackett was the first SEC Black team captain. And since Tennessee was a bitter Alabama rival, the Volunteers’ 1969 rout of of the Crimson Tide should be viewed as creating more of a stir than a non-conference 1970 game against USC.”