In honor of the Pacific-12 Conference, Golden Bear nostalgia, and Glenn T. Seaborg....we give to you his hidden crowning achievement that nobody has heard about! After searching for a relatively quick time on CGB, I was shocked to find that between posts on Chancellor Seaborg and the sole posting by norcalnick on the Ronnie Knox scandal (and by proxy, the end of the Pacific Coast Conference), that this book had not been produced before, even in the sources for historical postings. With a forward from President Clark Kerr, and written by Glen T. Seaborg and Ray Colvig, ladies and gentlemen I give you Roses from the Ashes: Breakup and Rebirth in Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Athletics! From the preface by Clark Kerr:
Seaborg's account is exceptional for its detail, thanks to his diary and accumulated records, and for its insider's knowledge of what really happened and the candid manner of its presentation. It is an essential contribution to the Pacific Coast athletic history. It is also an expose of one episode in the eternal conflict between those who want to win at any cost against those who want to win within the rules of the game--a modern morality tale where the good guys do not always win. This time, however, they did. This account could not have been put together without the conscientious and knowledgeable assistance of Ray Colvig, former director of public information at Berkeley.
This book covers the events that transpired during the ending of the Pacific Coast Conference and the formation of the AAWU, eventually to become known as the Pac-8 after many years of reconciliation between grieved universities. It not only details the different scandals (including Ronnie Knox) that happened at the penalized universities, but also the closed-door discussions between the different universities on how to fix the broken conference, and how Seaborg helped to push forward with plans for a new association when it could not be saved. A rather amazing look at what broke apart the agreeable members we see today as conference foes, who could have all gone their separate ways (well besides Cal and UCLA, they were joined at the waist, and furious about it). Should you choose to go hunting for this hidden jewel, you must brave the Institute of Governmental Studies department of the Berkeley campus.